After Slow Start, Baltimore Orioles' Prospect OF D.J. Stewart Has Rebounded at the Plate

The Baltimore Orioles elected to have outfielder D.J. Stewart begin the 2017 season with the AA Bowie Baysox after he had a decent season in 2016 with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and High-A Frederick Keys. After a slow start to the year, Stewart has found his stroke at the plate and is red hot.

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Stewart, 23, was the Orioles first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Florida State University and they wasted no time in altering his unusually low-crouching batting stance.

As time has passed, Stewart has gotten more comfortable with the stance, and his numbers are starting to show it.

Entering April 20, Stewart was batting just .132 with two home runs, one double, seven RBI, scored two runs and owned a .244 on base percentage through 11 games with the Baysox. He was struggling, and was doing so while the rest of the Baysox lineup was tearing the cover off the baseball.

Since April 20 however, Stewart has caught fire.

Over 10 games since then, Stewart is hitting .405 (17-42) with three home runs, five doubles, one triple, 13 RBI and has scored seven runs. In addition, he has also boasted a .435 OBP and a 1.220 OPS over that stretch.

If you are curious just how this stretch has affected his numbers, Stewart is now hitting .275 with a .341 OBP and a .903 OPS.

That's an increase of 143 points in his batting average and a 97 point increase in his on base percentage, that's impressive over a 10-game stretch.

Obviously the hope is that Stewart continues to hit the ball well because I have a feeling they want him in AAA by the end of the year. His professional career may not have started like you would want from a first round draft pick, but progression and the ability to make adjustments can do a whole lot.


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