Detroit Tigers: Christin Stewart still awaiting his 2021 call-up

(Detroit Free Press)
(Detroit Free Press) /

As the Detroit Tigers push through September, rosters have expanded, there are players awaiting some opportunities. While some have been up and down plenty, some have had a chance here and there, and others have not seen the big leagues.

A player who has not gotten his chance to play for the Detroit Tigers in 2021 is Christin Stewart. A former first-round draft pick of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft has spent his entire season with the Toledo Mud Hens in Triple-A.

Since 2018 Stewart has been around the Tigers’ big league roster at times. The results have not been the best or the preferred result, and the spending all of 2021 in the minors reflects that.

There was some frustration with the output from Stewart that was pretty clear, and prior to the 2021 season, he was demoted and sent down to Triple-A. While some may have felt it was a temporary demotion, he has been there all year and is yet to put on a Tigers uniform.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart is still waiting.

The 2021 season has been interesting for Stewart, even in Triple-A, the output has not quite been what the front office was likely hoping for. In 84 games, Stewart has logged 288 at-bats where he is slashing .257/.344/.542 with 20 home runs and 56 RBI.

The trend is going upward; the power boost is nice, its good to see him at least moving in the right direction. With the power coming into play, he may get his shot if he can produce in the batters’ box.

The rosters have expanded, and the September call-up season has arrived. This may be the chance for Stewart to get some at-bats in the big leagues. It seems like it would be a beneficial move for the Tigers to give him a shot and see if maybe things have changed.

While optimism is key here, being able to dream is important. The showing from Stewart so far in the big leagues would lead most to believe it’s not going to change much; why not have some hope?

If Stewart can go deep and find gaps for doubles at Comerica Park and in the big leagues in general, the improvement could very well be there. But, for now, he will continue to wait patiently in Triple-A and hope to get some at-bats in before the 2021 season ends.

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With Akil Baddoo, Derek Hill, Robbie Grossman, Victor Reyes patrolling the outfield right now with Hittin’ Harold Castro in the mix as well, there may not be a ton of room. But if the Tigers are going to capitalize on player movement, sending down one of the outfielders to see what Stewart can do after his demotion might not be a bad idea.