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Stewart slams 3 homers in Erie's twinbill sweep

Tigers' No. 2 prospect records first multi-homer game of pro career
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Tigers' No. 2 prospect Christin Stewart belted three homers on Sunday to power the Double-A Erie SeaWolves to a doubleheader sweep of the Trenton Thunder.

The SeaWolves left fielder crushed two home runs in Erie's wild 10-9 comeback win over the Trenton in the opener at UMPC Park in Erie, Pa., and added a third in the nightcap, a 5-4 win. The multi-homer game was the first of Stewart's young professional career.

Tigers' No. 2 prospect Christin Stewart belted three homers on Sunday to power the Double-A Erie SeaWolves to a doubleheader sweep of the Trenton Thunder.

The SeaWolves left fielder crushed two home runs in Erie's wild 10-9 comeback win over the Trenton in the opener at UMPC Park in Erie, Pa., and added a third in the nightcap, a 5-4 win. The multi-homer game was the first of Stewart's young professional career.

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In the opener, Stewart drove an 0-1 pitch from Thunder right-hander Yefry Ramirez over the center-field wall in third inning to bring the SeaWolves within a run. He then went deep again in the sixth, pulling a solo shot down the right-field line off Caleb Smith.

Stewart also added two walks in the game, filling up the stat sheet in the SeaWolves' first win of the season over Trenton, which got a big boost on offense from third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Andujar, the Yankees' No. 10 prospect, had himself quite the day, going 4-for-5 with a bases-clearing triple in the first inning and adding two solo shots later in the contest.

The Tigers selected Stewart with the 34th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, a selection the club was rewarded with as compensation for losing star right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer to the Nationals in free agency.

• Box score

Stewart has progressed quickly through the Tigers' farm system, reaching Double-A in his second professional season. The 23-year-old, who played his college ball at the University of Tennessee, hit 30 home runs between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie in 2016. He hit just .218 in 24 games for the SeaWolves but showed his power potential by hitting six homers in 87 at-bats.

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• Box score for nightcap

Stewart's ability to drive the baseball to all fields was on full display Sunday, as his homer in the nightcap went to the opposite field, giving him homers to center, right and left. Tigers No. 26 prospect A.J. Simcox also homered in the second game.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MiLB.com based in Washington, D.C.