Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila has done a solid job in rebuilding the team’s farm system with extremely promising prospects. Some of those prospects are off to strong starts in 2017.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen the team promote a number of promising young players in the last few seasons.
With the Tigers more committed to developing and keeping the team’s brightest young players, the next few waves of prospects could include the likes of Christin Stewart, Dominic Ficociello and Mike Gerber.
Overall, Detroit’s farm system is trending in the right direction. So far in 2017, a number of the team’s best young players are off to strong starts.
Position: Left Fielder
Affiliate: Double-A Erie
2017 Stat of Note: .386 on-base percentage
Undoubtedly the Tigers best position-player prospect, Stewart experienced Double-A for the first time in 2016.
The slugging outfielder hit .218 with a .758 OPS, six home runs and 19 RBI in 24 games.
While those games represented a mixed bag, the 2017 season has been anything but for Stewart. Over the span of 34 games (145 plate appearances), the former first-round pick is hitting .276 with a .346 on-base percentage and a .610 slugging percentage.
That’s good for a .996 OPS for a player who has a penchant for drawing walks. The 23-year-old has accumulated 133 free passes in 233 games, including a 14.5 walk percentage this season.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s contributed 25 RBI, 20 runs scored, 10 home runs, five doubles, three triples and two stolen bases either.