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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.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.