DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

Corner outfielder DJ Stewart is chomping at the bit for the Baltimore Orioles to open the gates of opportunity. And due to unforeseen circumstances, it seems the time is now.

News broke over the weekend that the Baltimore Orioles had to place two players on the Covid-19 injured list, of which one is an outfielder. 

With no timetable for a return, Stewart is an MLBbro who should get the ultimate green light.

 

After a few bright spots earlier in the season, the lone bird was relegated to the bench as others usurped him like the newly found All-Star Cedric Mullins, whose career continues to ascend.


In 191 plate appearances, Stewart, who struck out 66 times, is hitting .205 with an on-base percentage of .311.

 

He’s accounted for 27 walks, 24 RBI, seven home runs, and six doubles,showing that the potential is there.


The glovework wasn’t helping his case for more playing time either.

His difficulties on the defense took center stage when he misjudged a ball in the leftfield vs. the New York Yankees, leading to a concussion.

Peace does not come without conflict.

After finishing his collegiate career with the Florida State Seminoles, the 27-year-old slashed .344/.481/.570 with an OPS of 1.051 and 27 long balls. A dominant college career led to Stewart getting selected 25th in the 2015 MLB Draft. 

 

Like most draftees, Stewart stayed committed to his craft as he spent three years in the Minor Leagues.

Stewart struggled to adjust to pro pitching and had down years in 2015 and 2016, before he eventually taking his game to the next level by slashing  .279/.389/.448 during Single-A ball.

He continued his climb during the 2017 season as he raked .278/.378/.481 in 457 digs in the dirt. He continued to display serious power potential and set a career-high for the Bowie Baysox with 21 home runs.

 

Numbers such as those had fans and the team executives clamoring for the organization to call up the new bird.

So, in 2018, as the entire league expanded their rosters during the waning months of the season, DJ did what most baseball fans dream of by making his debut in the show.


2019 brought a plethora of injuries for the young sensation, and 2020 was the pandemic – shortened season in which Stewart spent most of the year balancing acts with the Orioles while also receiving rehab stints before eventually going on a tear.

When he gets rolling, their are few players who can match Stewart’s power surge.

During the early parts of September, he hit six homers in as many games.

Those kinds of numbers re-shined the spotlight on Stewart as the Orioles outfielder flashed potential by displaying power & grace at the plate. 

For the black & orange, Stewart was repackaged ahead of the 2021 season like a newfound toy as his hot streak started against the globally known Yankees franchise, as mentioned earlier.

Unless the team calls up more competition, Stewart will have less to worry about as, like anything worth fighting for, consistency is the key to success. 

Let the power slugger that runs like a gazelle continue to get more opportunities against big-league pitching to where he can hone his craft and come into his own as the spark is prevalent; he just needs something or someone to help light his fuse.

 

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Edwin Jackson Is Team USA All The Way | For The Love Of The Game

Edwin Jackson Is Team USA All The Way | For The Love Of The Game

When it comes to baseball, former major league pitcher Edwin Jackson loves the game too much to walk away from it.

The 37-year-old has not played in the league since 2019 but he still has something left in the tank.

 


Now, Jackson is playing for something much bigger as he is a member of the USA baseball team competing in the Tokyo Olympics.


Jackson already has a World Series title, but he’ll have a shot to win an Olympic Gold Medal, something he’s never done before. 

The USA team is filled with former MLB veterans and players who are in different minor league organizations.

Jackson is considered to be one of the leaders on this team and he’ll look to play a significant role.

When it comes to experience playing baseball, Jackson has a lot of it. 

He played for an MLB record 14 teams between 2003 to 2019. And this MLBbro remembers every single team he played for.

 


The former 2009 All-Star went on to list the revolving door of teams he played for.

“I can, but it won’t be quick,” he told the New York Times as he was getting ready to list the teams. “L.A., Detroit — I mean Tampa Bay!”

Jackson went on to finish listing the teams. “Tampa Bay to Detroit. Detroit to Arizona. Arizona to the White Sox. White Sox to St. Louis. St. Louis to D.C. D.C. to Chicago. Chicago to the Braves.

The Braves to the Marlins. The Marlins to San Diego. San Diego to Baltimore, I believe. Baltimore back to the Nationals. The Nationals to Oakland. Oakland to Toronto. Toronto to Detroit.”

 

Jackson is a nomad in the MLB because he’s constantly been on the move throughout his career. 

Now in 2021, he has a chance to represent the United States in the Olympics and bring stability to a squad with high expectations.

He also wants to make a cultural impact on the game.

“Not only do I want to represent the country, I want to represent my fellow African Americans that play this game of baseball,” Jackson told the New York Times. “I want to be able to go influence a young African American player that’s never played baseball before. They look at me and be like, ‘Damn, maybe I could be like him.’”

This is a once and a lifetime opportunity that Jackson is experiencing and the fact that he has the chance to add Olympian to his resume is not something many MLB players get a chance to do. 

While he’s been out of the league for a few years, when he steps on that mound, he can still bring it.

“He looks electric,” Todd Frazier said, who’s another veteran on the USA team.

And Frazier isn’t the only person who has noticed that Jackson can still dominate out there.

“Don’t worry about what his age says. His body’s like a 26-year-old,” USA manager Mike Scioscia said.

Jackson will be one player you will want to keep your eye on during the Olympics as the USA team will play its first game on Friday, July 31st.

When he takes the mound, make sure you are tuned in, because you don’t want to miss it.