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Tigers select top prospect Christin Stewart

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The Tigers have selected the contract of top outfield prospect Christin Stewart, per a team announcement on Sunday. Stewart likely won’t make his first start until Monday at the earliest, but he’s available off the bench for Sunday’s game and may get his first taste of major league action as the Tigers try to complete a sweep against the Cardinals this afternoon.

Stewart, 24, was taken 34th overall during the 2015 amateur draft and is currently ranked no. 6 in the Tigers’ system by MLB Pipeline. The club’s highest-rated position player prospect, Stewart was promoted to Triple-A Toledo at the start of the 2018 season and batted .264/.364/.480 with 23 home runs and an .844 OPS through 522 plate appearances for the team.

Given that the young outfielder grades poorly on defense, it’s not immediately clear how the Tigers plan to utilize him in the long run. Still, his undeniable power and improved control at the plate (2018 saw 108 strikeouts from Stewart, a significant improvement over the career-high 138 whiffs he accumulated at Double-A Erie in 2017) should make him a viable substitution in late innings, at least for the time being.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.