Tigers Scouting Report: Christin Stewart

In the supplemental portion of the first round, with the pick they were given for losing Max Scherzer in free agency, the Tigers snagged Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart. The youngster has one big carrying tool, and that's power in his bat.

Christin Stewart

Vitals

Position: Outfielder


Date of Birth: 12/10/1993 (Pro Debut Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6-0/205
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Acquired: 2015 MLB Draft, 1st Round (Supplemental)

Performance:

2014 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Tennessee 1773955821547283845.311.443.633


Scouting Report

Body: Strong, physical body with good strength; looks the part of a quality athlete though lacks fast-twitch ability.

Hit: Above-average bat speed; feel for the barrel is solid; likes to swing early and often; aggressiveness gets in the way of solid contact at times; needs to develop patience and find pitch he can drive more frequently; began to pick up spin better during most recent season but will be tested against pro-quality breaking stuff day-in and day-out; some sense of strike zone that could still develop further and would allow him to maximize hitting ability; raw potential to be above-average hitter; barring a substantial change, aggressiveness will hold him back from reaching that level; more likely fringe hitter in the .260-.265 range with modest OBP to support batting average. Grade – Present 4/Future 4+

Power: Calling card and carrying tool; easy plus raw power with excellent leverage in swing and ability to backspin the ball; can drive the ball hard to all fields; doubles began to turn into home runs during junior season at Tennessee; projects as potential 20-25 home run threat if hit tool reaches average level; even with below-average to fringe hit tool, could still drive 15-20 home runs annually; doubles will come as well to supplement power output; power hitter that swings hard and consistently tries to drive the ball when he can. Grade – 5+/6

Speed: Below-average runner that shows slightly better once underway and rounding the bases; gets out of the box well from the left side but top end speed just isn’t there; not a threat to steal bases on a consistent basis; should maintain below-average speed long term. Grade – 4/4

Defense: Arguably the weakest part of his game; lacks instincts for the OF; reads are consistently a half-tick late; routes are not direct and need work to maximize his defensive profile; never quite looks comfortable fielding the ball; limited to left field defensively and that could be a stretch in large left field at Comerica Park; minimal defensive progress during collegiate career; minimal projection for improved glove at the highest level. Grade – 4/4

Arm: Below-average arm strength that limits him to left field; shows some accuracy on throws but not enough to compensate for lack of velocity; mechanics are solid and quickness of release is average, helping arm strength avoid playing even lower than below-average. Grade – 4/4

Other: Aggressive player with high-effort style of play; lacks instincts in the field but has some instincts at the plate and on the bases; accomplished player with wood during amateur career.



Final Word

Summary: Power hitting profile led by plus raw that could easily play to above-average level; hit tool has a chance to be above-average but likely comes up a little short thanks to aggressive approach; glove, arm, and speed are all below-average with minimal projection at professional level; bat-first profile that will need to fully manifest to maintain potential MLB value as he moves through development.

Risk: High risk; Limited overall skill set increases risk profile; bat has to approach ceiling to have MLB value.

Projection: Power is becoming scarce in current MLB game, increasing the value of Stewart’s carrying tools; believers in his hitting ability see a .265-.270 hitter with above-average to plus power output in game situations; bat will have to carry to compensate for non-contributing glove/speed; ceiling as a solid everyday outfielder with backup as a quality left-handed bench bat with power.

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