OF D.J. Stewart Having Nice Season After Sluggish Start for Bowie Baysox

The Baltimore Orioles elected to move outfield prospect D.J. Stewart to AA Bowie to begin the 2017 season after a strong second half of the season with High-A Frederick. After a sluggish start to the season, Stewart is performing very well at the plate for the Baysox.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

Stewart, 23, was the Orioles first round draft pick in 2015 out of Florida State and he didn't get off to the best of starts in his professional career at the plate.

He hit just .218 with a .633 OPS in 62 games with the short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds after being drafted. He has just 16 extra-base hits that season and struck out 52 times.

In 2016, his first full professional season, Stewart struggled a bit with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. He hit .230 with with 17 extra-base hits in 62 games, but posted an impressive .366 OBP and the Orioles promoted him to Frederick.

Things started to turn around for Stewart at Frederick as he hit .279 with 20 extra-base hits and a .389 OBP in 59 games.

He began the 2017 season hitting just .143 through his first 12 games with three extra-base hits.

Since then however, Stewart has really come around at the plate.

Over his last 30 games, Stewart has raised his batting average to .264 and also owns a .353 OBP. He has recorded 16 extra-base hits during that stretch as well.

Overall for the year, Stewart is hitting .264/.353/.478 with seven home runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 25 RBI and has scored 25 runs in 42 games. In addition, he has also stolen six bases in seven attempts, and has drawn 18 walks against 31 strikeouts.

He has been even hotter as of late, hitting .316 with 10 runs scored over his last 10 games, which also includes a current six-game hitting streak.

Stewart is among the Eastern League leaders in several offensive categories, including tied for 10th in total bases, and tied for 8th in home runs.

He is becoming a perfect example of not judging a first round draft pick too soon, as many lost hope after his first 12 months in the organization, but Stewart has turned things around and is beginning to look a lot like a first round draft pick.


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