The Detroit Tigers selected Christin Stewart with their first-round draft choice in the competitive balance round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Amateur Draft. After that, things just never really seemed to pan out.
The Detroit Tigers continued to keep trotting Stewart out there during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. However, the production was not meeting the expectations of the Tigers organization.
He was on a downward trend and did not even end up seeing the big leagues during the 2021 season. He was sent to the minor leagues and never returned during the course of the summer with the Tigers.
The Tigers opted to let him walk and not bring him back to the organization. He has headed into free agency and was signed by the Boston Red Sox. According to an MLive article, Stewart agreed to terms of a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart has signed with the Red Sox.
The last time Stewart spent time in the big leagues was in 2020 when he logged 36 games. He produced a putrid .167/224/.300 slash line while striking out 30 times over 90 at-bats for the Tigers.
However, as mentioned above, the Tigers kept him in Toledo at the Triple-A level during 2021. He played in 89 games for the Mud Hens, where he produced a .254/.339/.538 slash line with 21 home runs and 58 RBI.
He was able to get some things going and create some offense for the Mud Hens, but every time he has been in the big leagues, things have just not panned out like the Tigers were anticipating. On the other hand, the Red Sox are taking a chance on Stewart with some outfield depth.
They recently decided to trade outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers freeing up some space, and while they did get Jackie Bradley Jr. in return, they may have more room for Stewart.
The change of scenery and new organization may offer Stewart a chance to bounce back and settle in, but it seems like he is just unable to make that final leap into the big leagues. There’s not a whole lot to be excited about from Stewart, who will be 28 years old heading into the 2022 season.
It seems that the Tigers chapter of Stewart’s career has officially come to an end, and the Red Sox are going to take a flier on him, hoping he can still manage to find his way back to the big leagues.