Kohl Stewart was drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, fourth overall by the Minnesota Twins. Stewart was a highly decorated two-sport athlete in the state of Texas. After passing for nearly 8,900 yards and 87 touchdowns in high school, Stewart received a football scholarship from Texas A&M, but once the Twins drafted him fourth overall, Stewart had 4.5 million reasons why he should stick with baseball put into his bank account.
Stewart’s pro carreer got off to a slow start. Stewart, a Type 1 diabetic missed the first three weeks of Rookie-level Gulf Coast League after a severe foot laceration caused by stepping on seashell while walking on the beach. Stewart appeared in six games and started three for the Gulf Coast Twins in 2013, posted an ERA of 1.69 and posses a WHIP of 0.94. Opposing hitters put up a batting average of .188 in the process. Stewart began 2014 at Low A Cedar Rapids and is still putting up a solid stat line. Started 12 games, owns a 1-3 record with a 2.44 ERA. Stewart has plus fastball that clocks in the low to mid 90’s, frequently touching 96. His slider is his best of his off speed pitches, also throws a plus change-up and curve. Considering the sizable financial investment the Twins have in Stewart, its almost expected the team will proceed with caution and by that I mean the organization will let him fully develope before calling the youngster up.
With the likes of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer and newly drafted Nick Gordon, Kohl Stewart joins an elite crop of young players the Twins have stockpiled over the years. The future will definitely be a fun one for the Twins fan base.