MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins Select Kohl Stewart 4th Overall
Minnesota Twins have drafted right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart with the 4th pick in the draft, and he is one of the more intriguing players in the draft. He is dual sport star and is committed to play both football and baseball at Texas A&M.
A premium football recruit as a quarterback, Stewart passed for 8,803 yards and 87 touchdowns in three high school seasons before committing to play two sports at Texas A&M. It’s unlikely he’ll ever play for the Aggies because he’s the top high school pitcher in the draft.
The Scouts love the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder arsenal, athleticism and competitiveness. They say that he has better present stuff than Jameson Taillon did when the Pirates took the suburban Houston right-hander No. 2 overall in 2010.
Stewart has boosted his fastball from 88-93 mph last summer to 91-96 for much of the spring, though his velocity tails off at times in the later innings.
His life and command with his heater make it even more dominating, but his best offering is a power mid-80s slider with tilt. He has improved his curveball and shows feel for his changeup, and he’ll display four above-average big league pitches at times.
He has a clean delivery and should get even better once he concentrates solely on baseball. Stewart has been limited at times this spring because of hamstring and thumb ailments, but none is a major concern.
Some scouts believe his stuff is comparable to Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray. The main issue with Stewart right now is he that is more of a thrower than a pitcher, but that can be fixed as he develops more into a pitcher. The other concern is his health, because he has Type 1 Diabetes.
The Twins system is loaded, and he projects to be their 4th or 5th best prospect in their organization.