Christopher David Stewart...a 2000 graduate of Canyon Springs High School (CA)...played one season of baseball at Riverside (CA) Community College...selected by CWS in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft...pursued his college degree online through the University of Phoenix while in the minors and earned his bachelor's degree in business in 2005...he and his wife, Lindsey, have two children: son, Sebastian (born 10/29/08) and daughter, Brooklyn (born 11/16/11).
Made his sixth Opening Day roster (third straight) while with ATL...acquired by ARI on 8/30 for cash considerations and assigned to Reno (AAA)...While with ATL, spent the majority of the season with Gwinnett (AAA), hitting .219 with six doubles and 10 RBI…in five games with ATL, went 3-for-14 (.214) with three RBI...Following the trade to ARI, was selected from REN on 9/1...posted a career-high 26.0 caught stealing percentage (78-for-300)...Logged just one at-bat for ARI on 9/10 at COL, going 0-for-1 ...caught a combined 4.2 innings, making four putouts and committing one error...At age 36, was the third-oldest catcher to appear at the ML level in 2018, behind MIL's Erik Kratz (was 38) and SD's A.J. Ellis (was 37)
Spent the season with Pittsburgh, making his second straight Opening Day roster while also going to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring from 5/30-6/18…Missed 16 games... With Stewart behind the plate, the Pittsburgh staff compiled a 4.01 ERA... Made 40 starts, his most since making 97 for the Yankees in 2013... Caught eight of 35 (23%) potential base stealers.
Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster... Homered off RHP Tim Melville in his first at bat of the season while making first start behind the plate on 4/10 at Cincinnati - his first homer since 8/20/13...Played one inning at first base on 6/21 vs. San Francisco - his seventh career appearance there and his first since 7/26/13 while playing with the Yankees...Was on the 15-day disabled list with left knee discomfort between 7/4 and 9/2...Went 5-for-25 (.200) with eight walks and three RBI in 10 rehab games with Double-A Altoona between 8/12-31 (.400 on-base percentage)... Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from disabled list on 9/2...Made three starts with the Pirates in September (9/4, 9/6, 9/11)...Went 2-for-4 with a walk on 9/6 vs. St. Louis...Hit .218 (19-for-87) with three doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his 26 starts...Was placed on the 60-day disabled list on 9/13... Had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on 9/20 (Dr. James Andrews).
Posted a 2.46 catcher's ERA (372.2ip/102er) in his 52 appearances (36 starts); the Pirates went 26-10 in his 36 starts which included a 15-1 record in his 16 starts at PNC Park...Threw out 10 of the 49 runners attempting to steal (20%) and had three pickoffs (at second base on 4/26 and at first base on 7/11 & 9/11)...Began season on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain...Began rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on 4/9...Was transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis on 4/11...Hit .333 (6-for-18) and had two RBI in five total rehab games with the two teams....Was recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the D.L. on 4/17...Made first start with the Pirates on 4/19 vs. Milwaukee and went 1-for-4 with two RBI... Hit safely in five straight games from 4/27 thru 5/11 (8-for-19, .421)...Had three doubles on 6/1 at Francisco - the first Pittsburgh player with three doubles in one game since Ronny Cedeno on 7/18/10...Had a career-high nine-game hitting streak from 6/24 thru 7/21 (12-for-34, .353)...Tied career highs with three hits and three RBI on 9/11 vs. Milwaukee...Batted .308 (36-for-117) from 5/22 thru the end of the season...Hit .300 (9-for-20) against left-handed pitchers and .380 (35-for-92) in night games...Was on the postseason roster, but did not appear in the Wild Card Game vs. Chicago on 10/7.
Spent his first season in the Pittsburgh organization...Hit .486 (17-for-35) against left-handed pitchers...Produced a .385 (20-for- 52) batting average in 21 games after the All-Star break...Made a total of 46 appearances (37 starts) at catcher...Threw out 6 of the 30 runners attempting to steal against him (20%) and picked three runners off base (at first base on 4/23, at third base on 5/18 and at first base on 8/5)...Batted .319 (36-for-113) in 33 games from the eighth spot of the lineup...Began season on the 15-day disabled list recovering from right knee surgery (3/19)...Began rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton on 4/6...Had rehab transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis on 4/11...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 4/19...Made first start with Pirates on 4/20 vs. Milwaukee...Started back-to-back games on 4/23-24 and went 3-for-8...Had season-high two RBI on 5/18 at New York (AL)...Reached base safely in seven straight games from 5/14-31...Had career-high three hits on 6/14 at Miami...Hit .438 (7-for-16) in his seven games played in July and .478 (11-for-23) in an eight-game span from 7/20 thru 8/15...Tied career high with three hits on 7/27 at Colorado...Hit safely in a career-high tying six straight games from 7/27 thru 8/15 (9-for-18)...Had back-to-back two-hit games in his starts on 9/6 at Chicago and 9/12 vs. Chicago...Reached base safely in 21 of his last 27 games with a plate appearance, dating back to 6/14...Was on the postseason roster, but did not appear in the Wild Card Game vs. San Francisco on 10/1.
Established career highs in games played, runs, hits, home runs, RBI and stolen bases while spending entire season with the Yankees...Made 97 starts at catcher and threw out 17 of the 54 baserunners attempting to steal against him (32%)...Tied for fifth among American League catchers with 17 caught stealings...Made his third career Opening Day roster (also with the Rangers in 2007 and with the Yankees in 2012)...Hit a solo homer on 4/21 at Toronto - his first home run since 7/28/12 vs. Boston...Started six consecutive games behind the plate from 4/30 to 5/7; marked the third time in his career he started at least six consecutive team games (also eight straight on two occasions with San Francisco in 2011)...Made start at catcher on 5/15 vs. Seattle but moved to first base in the seventh inning, marking his fifth career appearance at first base and first since 7/16/11 at San Diego (with San Francisco)...Missed five games with a left groin injury from 5/17-22 (went 1-for-2 with a walk on 5/16 vs. Seattle before being removed in the eighth inning with the injury)...Was removed from game vs. Boston on 6/1 in the fifth inning due to dehydration and missed the following two games (6/2-3) with similar symptoms...Caught all 17.1 defensive innings in the Yankees' 3-2 loss at Oakland on 6/13, marking the most innings caught by a Yankee since Don Slaught on 9/11/88 vs. Detroit (18.0 innings)...Made second appearance at first base (sixth career) on 7/26...Hit a three-run homer on 8/20 vs. Toronto (game one) - his final long ball of the season...Also tied his career high (second time) with three RBI on 8/20...Snapped an 0-for-23 stretch at the plate with a fifth-inning single on 9/6...Suffered a left foot contusion on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning on 9/8 vs. Boston and was removed from the game in the sixth inning...Hit .142 (6-for-37) with one RBI in 18 games during the month of September...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 12/1.
Hit .241 (34-for-141) with 15 R, 8 doubles, 1 HR, 13 RBIs and 10 BB in 55 games (46 starts at C) with the Yankees...batted .295 (18-for-61) with 1 HR and 10 RBIs in 25 games at Yankee Stadium...Tallied career highs in hits and RBIs, and tied his career high in doubles (also eight in 2011 with San Francisco)...Had a 3.41 catcher's ERA (in 395.1 innings), marking the second-lowest single-season total by a Yankees catcher since 1982 (min: 40 starts at C), trailing only Jose Molina's 3.31 in 2009...Made his second career Opening Day roster (also 2007 w/ Texas)...Was acquired by the Yankees from San Francisco in exchange for RHP George Kontos on 4/4...was his third stint in the Yankees organization (signed as a Minor League free agent in 2008, and was acquired by the Yankees from Chicago-AL for future considerations on 3/22/09)...Tied his career high in hits in 4/17 win vs. Minnesota, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs...singled home the tying and go-ahead runs with the bases loaded in the third...Tied his career high with 2 E in 6/24 win at the Mets (second time, also 7/6/11 vs. San Diego w/ San Francisco)...Hit his only home run of the season in 7/28 loss vs. Boston, his first homer since 9/25/11 at Los Angeles-NL (w/ San Francisco)...snapped a 105-AB homerless stretch...Established a career high with 3 R and stole his first Major League base in 8/5 win vs. Seattle, going 2-for-3 with 1 double and 1 BB...Made his postseason debut in ALCS Game 4 at Detroit, catching the final 2.0 innings in the 8-1 Yankees loss...Attended Spring Training with the Giants, batting .229 (8-for-35) with 4 R, 3 doubles and 2 RBIs in 18 games.
Began season as triple-A Fresno's starting catcher, but by mid-May was called up to big leagueswhen Buster Posey was injured and spent remainder of season with San Francisco, solidifyinghimself as SF's top catcher ... Batted .204 (33-for-162) with 3 HRs and 10 RBI in careerhigh67 Major League games with SF ... 10-year professional had logged just 26 games at bigleague level prior to his time in Majors in 2011 ... Was signed by San Francisco as minor league free agentin December and was in spring camp as non roster invitee ... Hit .221 (21-for-95) with 10 RBI in 33 games for triple-AFresno before having his contract purchased on May 26,day after Buster Posey suffered season-ending injury ... Started 51 of SF's final 113 games at catcher, oftentimessplitting catching duties with teammate Eli Whiteside...however, by mid-August, emerged as team's starting backstop,starting 21 of SF's final 38 games beginning Aug. 18 ... Threw out 19 of 53 attempted basestealers (35.8%)...despite playing in just 67 games, his 19 catcher caughtstealings were tied for 7th-most in NL...had 8-gamestretch from July 4-22 in which he struggled to throwanyone out, allowing opponents to go 10-for-10 in stolenbase attempts off him...however, found his groove andthrew out 12 of his final 29 runners ... Posted catcher's ERA of 2.70 (138er, 460.1ip), lowestamong Giants catchers (Eli Whiteside had 3.30 mark;Hector Sanchez, 5.17)...would've also been lowest figureamong all catchers in Majors if he qualified ... Recorded his 1st hit of season on June 10 vs. Cincinnatioff LHP Travis Wood...his bunt single snapped 0-for-10hitless drought and marked his 1st hit in big leagues sinceJune 8, 2007 vs. Milwaukee (with Texas) ... Hit his 1st Major League home run on Aug. 9 vs.Pittsburgh, hitting solo shot off RHP Jason McDonald in5th inning.
Signed with San Diego and spent most of season in triple-A Portland, hitting .248 (66-for-266) with 14 2Bs, 7 HRs and 39 RBI in 85 games...Threw out 22-of-56 (39.3) would-be base stealers...Posted season-high 11-game hitting streak July 23-Aug. 10, batting .302 (13-for-43) during stretch...Called-up to San Diego in Sept. 1st and appeared in 2 games, however did not have any at-bats.
Spent the entire year with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, appearing in 78 games...played in 76games behind the plate and two as designated hitter.Walked 25 times with just 29 strikeouts...struck out once every 9 .45 plate appearances...Posted a career-high .375 on-base percentage to go with his .280 batting average.
Appeared in one game for the Yankees, spending the rest of the season at Triple-A ScrantonWilkes-Barre...Began the year in the Texas Rangers organization...was released and signed as a minor league free agent with the NewYork Yankees on 4/4...signed by the Chicago White Sox as a minor league free agent during the offseason following the2008 season and was traded back to the Yankees prior to the 2009 campaign...While in the Yankees organization, had his contract purchased 4/28, appeared in one game (4/29) and was optionedback to Triple-A 4/30.
Made his first Opening Day roster and appeared in 17 games for the Rangers...spent the rest ofthe season with Triple-A Oklahoma...Collected his first Major League hit and RBI 4/9 vs. TB...singled off Shawn Camp in the sixth to score Nelson Cruz...Hit safely in each of his first three games with the Rangers...Optioned to Oklahoma 6/11...hit .425 (17-for-40) in his first 11 games at Triple-A with a pair of three RBI games...Threw out 16 of 44 attempted base stealers in the minors.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Charlotte, also seeing his first Big League action...Appeared in six games with the White Sox...recalled by CHW 9/1 and made his Major League debut 9/6 at BOS...madehis first Big League start 9/27 at CLE, twice throwing out Grady Sizemore attempting to steal...Made 84 appearances as catcher, two at first base and one that third base...Ranked by Baseball America as the White Sox' best defensive catcher for the third consecutive season.
Spent his first full season at Double-A Birmingham...Ranked by Baseball America as the White Sox's best defensive catcher for the second consecutive season...Hit a career-best .286 in 95 games, also belting a career-high 11 home runs...Named to the Southern League Midseason All-Star team...Led the league by throwing out 51.8 percent of would-be base stealers (48 of 83).
Spent most of the season at Double-A Birmingham, also seeing time with Triple-A Charlotte...Ranked by Baseball America as the White Sox's best defensive catcher prior to the season.
Played entire season at Class A Winston-Salem ... collected 21 of his 27 RBI on the road.
Made pro debut at Advanced Rookie Bristol ... reached base safely in 21 of his final 24 games ... hit his first career home run on 7/19 vs. Bluefield.
Selected in the First-Year Player Draft but did not play...agreed to terms with CHW on 8/18.