23-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Despite his pedigree (No. 4 overall pick in 2013) and the impressive grades from scouts on some of his pitches, Stewart has been unable to miss bats at a level fit for a future mid-rotation starter. H...
Stewart (knee) was activated from the 7-day disabled list and started Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga, covering three innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with no strikeouts.
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Minnesota Twins Roster
MajorsAdrianza, Ehire (SS)
AAABard, Luke (P)
AABaxendale, D.J. (P)
A+Arraez, Luis (2B)
ABlankenhorn, Travis (3B)
RookieArias, Jean Carlos (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 first-year player draft, saw his prospect status dip last season due to lack of strikeouts and mediocre command. Stewart had a 3.20 ERA at High-A Fort Myers, but just a 5.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. Stewart has a mid-90s mph fastball, but it was his second season with a lackluster strikeout rate. While he keeps the ball down (54.8% GB%), opposing batters make too much solid contact against him. Stewart is just 21 years old, but will need to improve significantly to thrive at higher levels.
Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, is regarded as one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects after a promising first full season of professional baseball. Stewart had a 2.59 ERA for Low-A Cedar Rapids and more than held his old as a 19-year-old. While his strikeout rate wasn't spectacular (6.4 K/9), there's reason to think it will improve since he hits 95 mph with his fastball. He also kept the ball on the ground with a 52 percent groundball rate and only four home runs allowed in 19 starts. Right shoulder inflammation ended his season in August, but Stewart is expected to be ready for spring training. He'll likely begin the season in High-A and could be on track to reach the majors as early as 2017.
Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, had a strong professional debut, posting a 1.35 ERA and a 24:4 K:BB in 20 innings spanning seven appearances between Minnesota's two rookie-league teams. He was viewed as the top high school pitcher in the draft and an outstanding athlete, as the high school quarterback turned down an offer to play football at Texas A&M. He has a fastball that can reach the high 90s, which is the kind of velocity the Twins have been lacking in their system. Stewart was limited to rehab work during the Twins' instructional league due to a sore shoulder, but is expected to be healthy in the spring. He could begin his first full season with the Twins' Low-A Midwest League affiliate, but he seems unlikely to emerge in the big leagues before 2016 at the earliest.