The Detroit Tigers selected Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart with the No. 34 overall pick in tonight's Major League Baseball amateur player draft, their second of three selections among the top 75 picks in the draft. Stewart, a First-Team All-SEC player in 2015, was MLB.com's 66th ranked prospect for this year's draft.
Stewart hit .311/.443/.633 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI in 50 games for the Volunteers, earning his second all-conference honor in as many years. He started at Tennessee for three seasons, hitting .319/.414/.548 in 150 games played.
Stewart is viewed by many as a bat-first prospect, but his experience against advanced competition could lead to a quick progression through the minor leagues. His glove and arm project best in left field, but he has the raw power to profile as a solid No. 5 or 6 hitter at the professional level if everything clicks.
Here's what MLB.com had to say about the 21-year-old outfielder.
The Tennessee outfielder has always shown a good amount of bat speed, but in the past it's typically generated more line drives than loft, more extra-base gap power than over-the-fence pop. While Stewart does swing and miss a bit, he was walking at a higher rate in 2015 and more than doubled his career home run total over his first two years with the Volunteers. A fringy runner with an average at best arm, Stewart likely would profile best in left field defensively.
The Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows with the No. 22 overall pick earlier this evening.