School: Tennessee; Class: Junior
Position: OF; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-0; Weight: 205
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: After a solid debut for the Volunteers as a true freshman in 2013 – he batted .310/.414/.455 with 13 extra-base knocks and five stolen base – the lefty-swinging corner outfielder started to turn heads before his follow up campaign: Baseball America named him as a Preseason Top 50 Player.
And the Georgia-born Stewart would live up to the publications praise: he slugged .330/.386/.541 while leading the school in doubles (19), triples (6), and homeruns (5). He would continue that torrid run with Team USA, where he would be the top offensive performer for that club as well. In 25 games, Stewart batted .383/.474/.605 with 12 doubles and two homeruns.
After back-to-back years of top production, Stewart was named on the 2015 Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List and a Preseason All-American (Perfect Game, Louisville Slugger, D1Baseball.com, and Baseball America).
And once again he surpassed expectations: through his first 204 trips to the plate, Stewart’s sporting a .307/.441/.620 triple-slash line with eight doubles, a pair of triples, and a career best 13 homeruns.
Projection: Solid overall offensive toolkit without a true standout tool that would play well in the professional ranks. Stewart has an average approach at the plate, decent hit tool, and 15- to 17-homerun power. While his career ISO stands a couple ticks above .220, it’s important to remember that Tennessee’s home ballpark, Lindsey Nelson Stadium, slightly enhances offensive production as well.
In terms of professional ceiling, Stewart looks like a backup outfielder.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Grade: Second/Third Round
Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Athletics/Matthew DeMaria via collegebaseballdaily.com.