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Former top pick DJ Stewart joins Orioles with plenty to prove as team continues to pass out opportunities

Former top pick DJ Stewart joins Orioles with plenty to prove as team continues to pass out opportunities

As he sat home last week and reflected on the end of his first year in Triple-A and some of the struggles he dealt with in the season’s final weeks, former first-round draft pick DJ Stewart couldn’t help but think that the major league call-up the Orioles handed him Tuesday wasn’t meant to be.

Instead, he was pulled from a period of reflection and wedding preparations onto a big league roster for the first time, leaving Stewart and manager Buck Showalter to answer for what made now the time to bring the team’s top pick from 2015 up on the heels of a second-half struggle in Norfolk that led to him ending the year batting .235.

"We kept waiting for him to get it going...

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