The Tigers will open spring training on Feb. 13, which means baseball season is coming. Here is a daily look at players with possible ties to the 2018 Mud Hens, whose home opener is set for April 12 vs. Pawtucket.
OF Christin Stewart
History: The Tigers drafted Stewart in the first round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Tennessee, and the 24-year-old has made steady progress through the minors. After hammering 30 home runs with two teams in 2016, Stewart led the Eastern League with 28 home runs with Double-A Erie last season. He was named to the Eastern League’s postseason all-star team and was the Tigers minor-league position player of the year last season. Stewart led the EL with 60 extra-base hits thanks to 29 doubles and the home runs, but he also struck out 138 times in 136 games.
Future: Stewart is considered one of the top prospects in Detroit’s minor-league system thanks to his power potential. His strikeout totals are a concern, as is his defense. But Tiger fans in Toledo will get a chance to judge him first-hand as he is expected to begin the season with the Mud Hens.
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