TigsTown Q&A: 9th Rd Pick Jake Stewart

In the ninth round of this week's draft, the Tigers snagged junior outfielder Jake Stewart out of Stanford. Lauded for his size and speed combination, TigsTown chatted with the outfielder about being selected, what he brings to the table as a player and his future plans!

TigsTown: How does it feel to be drafted by the Tigers?

Jake Stewart: Well I'm very excited for the opportunity they've presented me to be able to continue my career with a great organization like the Tigers.

TigsTown: How familiar are you with the Tigers organization?

Jake Stewart: Not too familiar, I did a little research on them, on their minor league teams and the organization – but I've always liked the team and the players like Prince Fielder and of course Verlander. They've been out this way to play the Oakland A's in recent years so I've been to a couple games. I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado though so I'm more familiar with the Rockies and the west coast teams, but still thrilled about being selected.

TigsTown: What are your plans as far as signing?

Stewart: I didn't have an agent or advisor or anything; that sort of became my Dad to serve that role. There wasn't any talk with them before – even now hasn't been too much talk – just told me to focus on winning Super Regionals and getting to the College World Series for now and then we'll be in touch.

TigsTown: Did you think the Tigers were going to take you?

Stewart: I didn't know who was going to take me, to be honest. Was just telling teams to give me a chance to go play somewhere and I'm fortunate to be given the opportunity. The Tigers called just a few picks before they selected and asked if I was interested and told them I definitely want to sign, would love to be a part of the organization. But going in I didn't know who was going to take me.

TigsTown: How'd your season go?

Stewart: I've battled through a couple minor injuries, but as a team we've got a great group of guys, lot of talent, we've had a fun year. We got to host Regionals, there we beat Fresno State and Pepperdine and now we're getting to play Florida State in the Super Regionals, so it's really exciting.

TigsTown: How would you describe yourself as a player?

Stewart:I've always been a defensive minded player, I've played centerfield since I was eight years old, so I fell like that's my best quality position. I've always felt I could go out there and compete with anybody. Overall I feel I'm an athletic player that can drive the ball with some power but can try and do a lot of other things as well if I had to.

TigsTown: So you obviously feel strongly about your defensive ability, tell us about what you feel is your greatest weakness.

Stewart: The thing I need to work on overall is consistency with my hitting, especially my approach. As I've been getting more at-bats and focusing just on baseball I think it's improved, I didn't get to focus on baseball as much as I wanted to in high school but I feel I've been getting that opportunity now and hope to continue to develop there.

TigsTown: Do you have a single goal as it relates to baseball?

Stewart: I'm sure you hear this from everyone, but I hope to play Major League Baseball, that's what I'm going to strive to do. So I hope to be playing for the Tigers, it's always been the goal, just want to put in the work for the team and the organization to get there.

TigsTown: Anything you'd like to say to Tigers fans as you are one of the most recent members of the organization?

Stewart: Couldn't be more exicted to be a Tiger, everyone, all my friends and all my family is already really getting into the Tigers. Personally I'm just thankful for the opportunity.

TigsTown wants to thank Jake for taking the time to talk with us and wishes him well in the Super Regionals this weekend and in his future career!

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