Date of Birth: 12/10/1993 (Pro Debut Age: 21)
Acquired: 2015 MLB Draft, 1st Round (Supplemental)
|2014 Stats - Hitting|
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.
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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