by Jared Webb @webberoo11
Kohl Stewart 6'3”/190 RHP
St. Pius X HS (TX). Committed to Texas A&M as a QB
Kohl Stewart could be this years Lance McCullers, Jr.
As of right now, Stewart is considered the top prep pitcher in the draft. He has a low 90's FB that has some good sinking action to it and can get up to 96. His slider shows potential to be an out pitch, but it can get slurvy from time to time.
Stewart has a lot of projection due to his elite athleticism. He also features a change up that could be a plus pitch.
Now, let’s get into why Stewart is such an interesting case. First, t he is committed to A&M to play QB for the Aggies. If Johnny Football decides to go pro after next year then Kohl could be a starter in College Station by the fall of 2014. Next, he is a type 1 diabetic. While this isn't a huge issue, learning to adjust to the diabetic lifestyle takes time. Consider having to learn the life of a minor leaguer while having to deal with diabetes at the same time. The third issue is that Stewart has apparently suffered a forearm strain that will keep him from throwing until March.
With those three issues to consider, there is a chance Stewart could slip out of the first round. Teams could get creative and try to pry him from his college career, but it might take a large sum of cash. While he isn't on the same level as Bundy or Giolito (the past top prep RHPs), Stewart is very worthy of being a first rounder. His command isn't the greatest, but that is a problem that most prep pitchers face.
It's said that he is more of a thrower than a pitcher, but with his amazing athletic ability and plus FB he has good projection. I was shocked when McCullers fell to the supplemental round, but I think I will be less surprised if Stewart falls. Only time will tell.
c2013 by Jared Webb. Used with permission.