With the fourth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins went out and snagged themselves an intriguing pitching prospect in Kohl Stewart, a right-hander hailing from St. Pius X High School in Texas.
Arguably the top high school prospect in the 2013 class, Stewart has all of the physical tools to make an impact in the MLB. With a fastball that averages in the mid-90s and a deadly slider, the 6’3’’ righty is still extremely unpolished in terms of mechanics, but has the raw talent and potential to develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Twins.
Stewart signed a letter of intent to play quarterback for Texas A&M, but could decide to dedicate himself to baseball if the Twins can offer him enough money. Some concern should linger that the righty might choose to pursue football instead of pitching, but the consensus is that he’ll sign to play in the majors instead of fulfilling his commitment with the Aggies.
The Twins will also have to be wary of the fact that Stewart is a Type 1 diabetic, an ailment that tends to put a real damper on the careers of professional athletes if not handled with the utmost care.
Now in Minnesota as the fourth overall selection of 2013, Stewart will join an exciting group of young pitchers such as Kyle Gibson, Jose Berrios and Alex Meyer in the Twins organization. It should be some time before Stewart finds a spot in an MLB rotation, but will dominate the minors until he’s ready for the majors.
Stewart has a bright future with the Twins. The only question is how long it’ll take him to get where they need him to be.