Expect Stewart to hit around .275. Yes, that's a full 47 points higher than last year, but here are the reasons Stewart will improve mightily in the batting-average category, and why that .228 mark last year was an anomaly.
He's a legit prospect with a sweet swing. We're not talking a come-out-of-nowhere call-up here. We're talking about a guy who set Orange County records in high school, was a first-round pick (10th overall) out of high school in 2003 and a perennial top-50 prospect coming through the minors. It's not like he's doing anything right now, in terms of power and run production, that he wasn't expected to do. Having seen the guy play in person a handful of times, he truly is a natural athlete with very fast hands. So far he has struggled with big league breaking stuff, but he'll figure it out. The great young hitters do. It would be more of a concern if he couldn't hit the fastball. All it takes is a curveball bounced back through the middle once a week to transform him from a .228 hitter to the .270 hitter he can and will be.
On a serious bent, this isn't the only guy who I've seen with a man-crush on Stewart. Unless he's already past the overhype train, there could be value in them thar hills.