A couple weeks after the Tigers named Christin Stewart and Joe Jimenez their organizational Player and Pitcher of the Year, MLBPipeline.com honored the slugging outfielder and overpowering closer as their Tigers Prospects of the Year.
The awards cap a season that included an All-Star Futures Game appearance for both, as well as a quick ascension up the farm system for Jimenez.
For Stewart, the award honors his slugging performance, becoming the first Tigers prospect with a 30-homer season since Steven Moya in 2014. Stewart, a first-round pick in 2015, hit .255 (113-for-443) between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie with 30 home runs and 87 RBIs. His homer total tied him for fifth among all Minor Leaguers in all organizations, while his 24 homers, .534 slugging percentage and .924 OPS in 104 games at Lakeland led the Florida State League.
Jimenez came into the season with lofty expectations as the Tigers' closer of the future, invited to Major League camp out of low Class A West Michigan. After making an impression in Spring Training, he carried it forward to Lakeland, then Erie, all the way to Triple-A Toledo, recording 30 saves and a 1.51 ERA between the three stops.
The stats were dominant, with an 0.80 WHIP, a .144 batting average allowed and 78 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings. The performance led to consideration the 21-year-old could earn a September callup, though the Tigers ultimately opted to wait on giving Jimenez his first trip to the Major Leagues.
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