Stewart homers in both games of Aberdeen's twin bill

Orioles' first-round pick cracks his second and third professional homers for Class A Short Season squad

Stewart homers in both games of Aberdeen's twin bill

D.J. Stewart flipped a switch on Monday.

The Orioles' first-round Draft pick had not collected a hit since July 12 before going 3-for-7 with two homers in Rookie League Aberdeen's doubleheader against Tri-City.

"It was definitely great to finally have some balls fall for me today," Stewart told "I've been going out, working every day on my game, just trying to find the rhythm I had in college. I was off for about a month before I had to play again, and that little time off has taken its toll on my swing. But my swing doesn't feel off -- I've been feeling better. I've been hitting the ball hard and some balls haven't been falling."

Stewart hit .318/.500/.593 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs for Florida State this spring before Baltimore took him No. 25 overall. He hit his first pro home run on July 6 and is batting .164/.250/.382 for the IronBirds.

"I've been swinging the bat well but just hitting balls right at people," he said to "That's the thing with baseball -- you can get up and you can get down; sometimes the ball falls in for you and sometimes it doesn't."

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.