The Orioles announced that they have signed first-round pick DJ Stewart. The outfielder was selected with the No. 25 overall pick. Stewart’s deal calls for him to earn $2,064,500, full slot for his draft position, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com (on Twitter). Callis adds that he considers Stewart to be one of the best bats in the 2015 class.
Stewart, an FSU product, slashed .318/.500/.593 with 15 homers in 64 games last season. As a sophomore, the 21-year old was the ACC Player of the Year and an All-ACC First Team selection after leading the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.
Stewart was ranked No. 26 by Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel, No. 30 by of Baseball America, No. 36 by and Jonathan Mayo/Jim Callis of MLB.com, and No. 70 by Keith Law of ESPN.com. Originally chosen by the Yankees in the 28th round of the 2012 draft, Stewart has improved his stock tremendously over the last three years. In their scouting report, BA was highly complimentary of Stewart’s quick swing and plate discipline. With an adjustment to his stance, some scouts believe that he’ll be able to hit for more power going forward.