School: Florida State; Class: Junior
Position: LF; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 230
Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 28th round, 2012
Background: Stewart, a son of former minor league outfielder Reggie Stewart, 13th round pick of the Padres in 1991, has compiled an impressive resume during his three-year run at Florida:
- 2013 Freshman All-American (Perfect Game)
- 2013 First Team All-American (Baseball America and NCBWA)
- 2013 All-ACC Second Team
- 2014 Preseason First-Team All-American
- 2014 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
- 2014 All-ACC First Team
- 2014 ACC Player of the Year
- 2014 First-Team All-American (ABCA)
- 2014 Second-Team All-American (Baseball American, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game)
And that’s not mentioning his work in the classroom as well, where’s made multiple Dean’s Lists and has been recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
The lefty-swinging corner outfielder burst onto the scene as a true freshman, slugging a hearty .364/.469/.560 with 25 doubles, a pair of triples, five homeruns, and eight stolen bases. He would follow that up with an equally impressive sophomore campaign in 2014 – .351/.472/.557 with 19 doubles, seven homeruns, and four stolen bases – though he would falter for the first time with Team USA that summer (.232/.362/.316).
Through his first 52 games in 2015, Stewart has been wreaking havoc on opposing pitching, posting a .327/.525/.601 triple-slash line to go along with eight doubles, one triple, and a career-best 12 homeruns.
Projection: An OBP-machine. Through his first 165 games Stewart owns a .488 OBP. To put that into perspective a bit, look at some of the more notable careers of some past collegiate hitters:
- Kris Bryant: .486
- Michael Conforto: .376
- Colin Moran: .452
- D.J. Peterson: .463
- Mike Zunino: .393
- Dustin Ackley: .489
- Pedro Alvarez: .451
Stewart owns an elite eye at the plate – he’s walked 18.4% of his career plate appearances and a staggering 25.8% this season – and enough pop to develop into an annual 15-HR threat. At 6-foot and 230 pounds, he’s not overly quick, but his above-average hit tool helps compensate.
He won’t be your prototypical run-producing corner outfield bat, but has better-than-average production.
Ceiling: 2.5- to 3.0-win player
Floor: 1.5-win player
Risk: Low to Moderate
Grade: Mid-First Round