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Christin Stewart

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Christin Stewart
Stewart with the Mat-Su Miners in 2013
Detroit Tigers – No. 14
Outfielder
Born: (1993-12-10) December 10, 1993 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 2018, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.225
Home runs15
Runs batted in59
Teams

Christin Gaylin Harris Stewart (born December 10, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball for the University of Tennessee. The Tigers drafted him in the 34th overall in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. Baseball America wrote that he has a "physical frame and produces above-average bat speed (that) combined with the natural leverage in his swing, translates into plus raw power".[1]

Amateur career

Stewart attended Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia, where he hit 69 home runs throughout his high school baseball career, which is tied with Micah Owings for most in Georgia history.[2] He hit 26 home runs as a junior, setting a Georgia state single-season record.[3]

Stewart enrolled at the University of Tennessee and played college baseball for the Tennessee Volunteers. During three seasons at Tennessee, Stewart batted .319 with a .962 on-base plus slugging. In 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4] During the 2015 season, he batted .311, hit 15 home runs, and recorded 47 runs batted in (RBIs) in 50 games.[5]

Professional career

Minor leagues

2015

The Detroit Tigers selected Stewart with the 34th overall pick of the 2015 MLB draft as compensatory pick they received after losing Max Scherzer as a free agent during the previous off-season.[6] He was the second player drafted by Tigers in the first round of the draft, after Beau Burrows.[1] Stewart signed with the Tigers,[7] and spent the 2015 season with GCL Tigers, Connecticut Tigers, and West Michigan Whitecaps, posting a combined .285 batting average with ten home runs and 44 RBIs in 71 total games between the three clubs.

2016

Stewart started the 2016 season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and was later promoted to the Erie SeaWolves;[8] he posted a combined .255 batting average with 30 home runs and 87 RBIs between both teams. During the 2016 season, he played in the All-Star Futures Game.[9] His homer total tied him for fifth among all Minor Leaguers in all organizations, while his 24 home runs, .534 slugging percentage and .924 OPS in 104 games at Lakeland led the Florida State League. He was named the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year.[10]

2017

Stewart returned to Erie in 2017 and spent the whole season there, compiling a .256 batting average with 28 home runs and 86 RBIs in 136 games.[11][12] He was named the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year for the second year straight.[13]

2018

Stewart started the 2018 season with Tigers' AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens.[14][15][16] He was called up to the major leagues on September 9, 2018 as a September call-up, and he made his major league debut that day as a pinch-hitter.[17] On September 10, Stewart got his first major league hit, a single off former Tiger Justin Verlander.[18]

Detroit Tigers

On September 20, Stewart hit his first two major league home runs in his first two at-bats against the Kansas City Royals and had six RBI in the game. It was the first time a Tiger player hit his first two major league home runs in the same game since Brent Clevlen in 2006, the first time a Tiger rookie had a six-RBI game since Ryan Raburn had a seven-RBI game in 2007, and the first time since 1908 that a Tiger player had a six-RBI game within his first 11 contests.[19]

2019

Stewart won the starting left field job for the 2019 Tigers, and hit a game-winning home run on opening day, March 28, against the Toronto Blue Jays.[20] He hit his first career grand slam on April 6 against the Kansas City Royals, which also proved to be the game winner in the Tigers 7–4 victory.[21] Stewart completed his 2019 season hitting .233 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 369 at-bats.

2020

Stewart started in left field for the Tigers in 2020. On September 9 he was optioned down to the alternate training site after hitting .171 for the season.[22] The training site was created during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season due to the minor leagues being canceled.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b Iott, Chris (June 8, 2015). "Detroit Tigers select power-hitting outfielder Christin Stewart with 34th pick in draft". MLive.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Reisenweber, Tom. "Erie SeaWolves slugger Stewart powered by family".
  3. ^ Stewart, Olson share player of year honors
  4. ^ "Christin Stewart - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ UT's Christin Stewart embarks on defining season
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers select power-hitting outfielder Christin Stewart with 34th pick in draft".
  7. ^ "MSU's Cam Gibson, first-round pick Christin Stewart among eight picks signed by Detroit Tigers". MLive.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Detroit Tigers promote Christin Stewart to Double-A in minors shuffle".
  9. ^ "Lakeland's Christin Stewart made right call with baseball".
  10. ^ Woodbery, Evan (September 24, 2016). "Joe Jimenez, Christin Stewart named Tigers' top minor league players". MLive.com. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Christin Stewart Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  12. ^ david.friedlander@gwinnettdailypost.com, By David Friedlander. "Providence Christian grad Stewart named Detroit Tigers Minor League Player of the Year".
  13. ^ "Providence Christian grad named Tigers' minor league player of year".
  14. ^ "Tigers prospect Christin Stewart slugs his way closer to Comerica Park".
  15. ^ "Tigers' prospect Christin Stewart knocking on door to big leagues".
  16. ^ "Prospect Christin Stewart slugging at Triple-A". MLB.com.
  17. ^ Polishuk, Mark (September 9, 2018). "Tigers Select Christin Stewart, Jarrod Saltalamacchia". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  18. ^ Crawford, Kirkland (September 10, 2018). "Detroit Tigers' Christin Stewart gets 1st career hit — vs. Verlander". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  19. ^ Fenwick, Tyler (September 20, 2018). "Stewart hits 1st 2 HRs in 1st 2 innings of win". MLB.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  20. ^ Beck, Jason (March 28, 2019). "Stewart's HR a 'surreal' Opening Day memory". MLB.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  21. ^ Beck, Jason (April 6, 2019). "Stewart makes swap with fan for slam ball". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  22. ^ "Tigers demote Christin Stewart to Toledo; Gardy hints at "fun" replacement". mlive. 2020-09-09. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  23. ^ "Roundup: Major League alternate training sites". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
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