The Detroit Tigers have reportedly demoted outfielder Christin Stewart to Triple-A, which just shows the truth behind how crowded the outfield is as the 2021 season opens up. Stewart was optioned and cleared to head to the alternate training site in Toledo.
Stewart has been nothing but underwhelming, so this should not be shocking that he was labeled as the odd one out. He was officially designated for assignment (DFA’d) to make room for left-handed pitcher Derek Holland whose contract was selected by the Detroit Tigers.
As the Tigers officially kick off their season, the 1-0 record is a good start, but either way, the outfielders are stacked with this organization. After a Rule 5 Draft Pick and free-agent signings, the Tigers’ outfield has become a lot more crowded.
Robbie Grossman has launched himself into a role where he sees more playing time with the Tigers when it comes to his switch-hitting abilities. On top of that, the Tigers have Akil Baddoo, who had an incredible spring with the organization.
The Detroit Tigers have demoted Christin Stewart to Triple-A amid struggles and a crowded outfield.
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Besides some of the players mentioned above, the Tigers also have JaCoby Jones, who is bouncing back from an injury in 2020 and is looking to prove he deserves to the team’s everyday centerfielder.
The twenty-seven-year-old outfielder and former first-round draft choice of the Tigers have not lived up to the expectations of this team so far.
Stewart played in 36 games for the Tigers in 2020, where he hit .167/.224/.300 and was punched out 30 times in the process.
Stewart has been extremely underwhelming, struggling to amount to the potential that was expected when he was selected and brought into the Tigers organization.
Instead, the 2021 season will see Akil Baddoo, Robbie Grossman, JaCoby Jones, Nomar Mazara, and Victor Reyes taking up the team’s outfield duties.
The Tigers demoting Stewart is likely to add the left-handed arm to the bullpen but also to see Stewart get some time to reset in Triple-A. The 2021 season may have just begun but do not rule out Stewart being in the big leagues at some point this season.
As the Tigers continue on with their season, Stewart getting a chance to reset might be the best thing for him, given how much he has underperformed and struggled in the Tigers organization. The current outfield situation could see one of the current outfielders regress big time.
If that happens, Stewart might get his call back up to the big leagues, where he will look to put on a better show than he has in recent seasons.