Can you trust Ian Stewart again?
May, 5, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
I have to admit to not being a big fan of Colorado Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart, statistically, that is, because I like to protect my team's batting average, and owning someone like Stewart tends to make that difficult. Stewart is an enticing slugger, and I don't think we've seen his best, but now that the Rockies have brought him back from Triple-A Colorado Springs and likely will let him swim or sink on a regular basis, he's an interesting fantasy topic. Plus, as a 16th-round pick in ESPN average live drafts, apparently plenty of people were fans.
Stewart doubled in a run in four at-bats Wednesday, and raised his batting average from .074 to .097 in the process. It obviously will keep going up, but even if it settles somewhere around his career mark of .245, it's not like he's going to be Andre Ethier out there, hitting .400 for any length of time, or showing consistency. Stewart belongs to that ever-expanding crew of all-or-nothing hitters who certainly bring slugging potential, but at a considerable price (Chris Davis, Russell Branyan, etc.). For Adam Dunn, when I know there are 40 or so home runs at the end of the ride, I think it's worth it. Stewart isn't Dunn. Of course, big league managers don't care so much about their team's batting average, they just want to score runs.
Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesIan Stewart may not crack .300 in his career, but for now, just making it to .100 or .200 is of more immediate concern.