Detroit Tigers: Organization’s next wave of prospects is getting closer
By Ben Rosener
Stewart is currently pacing the Eastern League in home runs with 20 for Double-A Erie. He’s also batting .266 with a .347 on-base percentage, a .518 slugging percentage and an .856 OPS.
The outfielder, who has also racked up 66 RBI, 49 runs scored, 19 doubles, three stolen bases and three hits, could conceivably be in Detroit at some point next season.
Many of Stewart’s Double-A teammates could join him.
The group includes fellow outfielder Mike Gerber, who is filling up the stat sheet for Erie with a .292 batting average, an .811 OPS, 49 runs scored, 31 walks, 30 RBI, 19 doubles, eight stolen bases, seven home runs and a triple.
A center fielder capable of playing all three outfield spots, Gerber could factor into the big league outfield picture alongside Stewart, Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Justin Upton.
Dawel Lugo may be slightly further away than Stewart and Gerber, but he brings promising upside nonetheless.
The infielder, who can play third base and shortstop, looks like a solid defender with offensive upside.
Lugo is hitting .279 with 47 RBI, 43 runs scored, 24 walks, 21 doubles, nine home runs and four triples in 93 games at the Double-A level this season.
Other Erie prospects of note include 23-year-old infielder and potential utility man Kody Eaves (.798 OPS, 39 runs scored, 31 RBI and 24 extra-base hits in 266 plate appearances) and defensive-minded catcher Grayson Greiner.