"I thought a lot about it since I signed in January," Stewart said of cracking the Angels' Opening Day roster. "That's where my focus is, really, just trying to make this team. I feel like if I'm a part of this team, I can help them out."
Stewart is one of three non-roster position players left in camp, alongside utility infielder John McDonald (likely to win a spot off the bench) and outfielder Brennan Boesch (perceivably a long shot at this point).
Stewart batted only .201/.292/.335 in 55 Major League games in 2012 and is coming off a frustrating 2013 season, batting .171/.303/.347 in the Minor Leagues and getting released by the Cubs in late June for voicing his frustrations over not being called up via Twitter.
But Stewart could be a good fit on the Angels, as a left-handed power bat who can play up to three infield positions. He's naturally a third baseman, but Stewart can play second base in an emergency situation and says he's starting to feel comfortable at first -- a position he's never played in the big leagues.
"I just wanted to come in here and show that I was healthy and that I can still be a quality Major League player, like I have been in the past," said Stewart, who's batting .270 with two homers in 37 at-bats this spring. "I feel real good. I've had some injuries the last few years and that's really slowed me down quite a bit. I knew I'd have to come in and prove myself a little bit, show them that I can still play, show them that I'm healthy, and I feel like I've done that so far."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.