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Detroit Tigers: Christin Stewart, Mike Gerber should be September call-ups

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 11: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers greets Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers and JaCoby Jones #40 of the Detroit Tigers as they celebrate a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on April 11, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Future implications

Stewart and Gerber, along with JaCoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook, are the future of the Detroit Tigers outfield.

With Mahtook already penciled into the lineup on a daily basis and Jones likely to see more playing time as the season progresses, it makes sense to ease Stewart and Gerber into the Majors down the stretch.

At worst, the team can get them some at-bats in the Majors and send them to Toledo for more seasoning to begin 2018.

However, at this point, the team needs to start playing younger players more often.

Incumbent veterans

With somewhat of a rebuild on the cards, trotting out Alex Presley or Jim Adduci everyday down the stretch doesn’t seem prudent if younger players are ready to see time in the outfield.

Both have proven to be quality under-the-radar finds by general manager Al Avila.

Presley and Adduci are each sporting a 0.2 WAR in limited action (158 plate appearances for Presley, 93 for Adduci).

Additionally, Presley has notched a 1.2 BsR and a .342 on-base percentage, serving as a much-needed table setting option.

Elsewhere, Adduci has turned in a .157 ISO, 10 RBI, 10 walks, nine extra-base hits and a stolen base in his 93 plate appearances this season.

That being said, Presley is 31 and Adduci is 32. It’s possible that they could stick around as bench pieces next season should the Detroit Tigers contend, but the youth needs to be playing at this point.

Of course, there is the possibility that Stewart and Gerber may not be ready. However, if they are, top prospects have skipped over Triple-A before.

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