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The Twins lost last night 7-3. I don't have any comments because I didn't see the game. However, the big Twins news of the night was Kohl Stewart.
Last night... Baseball held the 2013 player draft and with the 4th overall selection, The Twins drafted Kohl Stewart, who is a Right Handed High School Pitcher from the Houston Texas Area. It's safe to assume that Kohl is a talented athlete, he was also one of the top QB's in the country and had committed to play Football and Baseball at Texas A&M.
I get asked alot about the Twins and the draft. Before the draft, I'm asked who the Twins should take and after the draft I'm asked what I think about the selection. My answer is always the same... My answer is "I don't know".
Honestly, I follow baseball closer than anyone I know. When I turn the TV on, I turn it first to channel 625 (MLB Network HD) and I usually leave it there. When I'm on the internet for my pleasure, I'm reading about baseball. I'm reading stats, game recaps and scouting reports. I don't stop at the Twins or the Major League level. I read to find out what is happening in Rochester, New Britain, Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids (Those are the top 4 Minor league affiliates of the Twins) to see who is coming up in the future and in the course of investigating the minors, I'm pretty comfortable with my knowledge of what is happening with every organizations minor league system. For example, I have strong feelings about the baseball talents of... umm... let's say... off the top of my head... Brandon Barnes. Who is the backup outfielder for the Houston Astro's. I know who he is and I know what he can do.
With all that time spent with the game of baseball. How can I say... "I don't know" when it comes to the draft? It's because I don't and that's because the Major league draft consists of players from the College level and High School level mixed together. The competition that they face at these levels is so varied that simple peer comparison of stats is worthless. You have to be able to watch them and Baseball at the College and High School level is hardly televised so I don't have the chance to watch them and form my own conclusions.
I try to stay up to date, so I read what the so called experts are saying about the top draft prospects but I don't know who these experts are in some cases and I don't know where they are getting their information from. They could be passing one bad opinion scouting report around the internet like it's a chain letter. I also can't help but wonder, that if these so called experts were so good at what they do. Why don't they have major league jobs?
I have talked with normal run of the mill people who really get into the draft and are happy with the selection and some that are angry and think that Terry Ryan should be fired because of it. I simply say "I don't know" and I wonder to myself... How can you be so sure that this is the right selection or the wrong selection and be passionate enough to think someone should be rewarded or fired for the selection.
Through it all, if you put all the scouting reports together, they do a pretty good job of identifying who the top players are (not who's better in my opinion) and Kohl Stewart has been on average listed as the #4 prospect in the draft and the Twins drafted 4th and took him 4th.
Scouting reports say that he has 4 pitches and 2 of those pitches project to be elite. His fastball can reach the mid 90's and should increase. They say his best pitch is his slider which comes in hard with late downward bite. They say he still needs work on his Curve and Changeup.
If what the Scouting reports say are correct... Kohl Stewart will be a #1 starter for the Twins and an elite pitcher and we will see him in Minnesota 3 to 5 years from now... depending on how he adjusts to stiffer competition in the minor leagues.
Kohl does have that scholarship to Texas A&M for football but there is no doubt that the Twins have called and found out if he would sign with them if drafted. At this point, he can use Texas A&M as leverage but not much leverage. The signing bonus is slotted by draft position and there isn't a lot of wiggle room. If Kohl were to turn down the Twins and go to school. He'd be turning down a bonus of around 4.5 million dollars and he won't be eligible to be drafted again for two years risking bad performance or injury and saying goodbye to 4.5 million.
I'm pretty sure that Kohl will take the 4.5 million dollar bonus and ride the bus in the minor leagues for awhile.
Let's hope that bus ride is a smooth one and we get to see Kohl Stewart in a Twins uniform dominating maybe 3 or 5 years from now... but I'll say it again... I don't know.