We have been in the right place at the right time this baseball season. We have been watching two of the most exciting 22 year-old players in baseball Vladimir Guerrero at the MLB level and D.J. Stewart at the minor league level.
Last night was no exception. We watched on MLB.TV Guerrero homer for the Toronto Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium and followed on Game Day, Stewart, who homered for the Clearwater Threshers in a place call Jupiter Fl. where no fans were even allowed to attend.
The differences could not have been greater except we have watched both of them play in person more than most fans. We just finished up watching Guerrero hit nine homers in the nine MLB games we attended in April and May in Dunedin, Florida including a grand slam in one game and a homer in each of the three Phillies games. We saw Stewart hit a grand slam in Clearwater when the minor league season started back in the first week of May.
Guerrero might be the same age as Stewart but he is the one playing at the highest level of baseball while Stewart is playing at the lowest level just waiting for a call up to a higher minor league team.
They do have other things in common, they both are leaders in hitting with runners in scoring position and are tied for the lead in their respective leagues in RBIs!
Of those hitters with at least 30 at bats with RISP, Vladdy leads the MLB, hitting .458. Stewart is one of the leaders in minor league baseball in that category as well, hitting .433 with RISP in the low A, Southeast League.
Vladdy is tied for the MLB lead with 41 RBIs while D.J. is tied for the lead with 21 RBIs in the Southeast League.
We can only hope that Stewart gets the call up to a higher level in the Phillies system ASAP. This season he has started 9 games at first base and 6 games at third base for Clearwater. He would make a great addition to a team such as Jersey Shore at High A or Reading with its 3-16 record at AA.