ESPN 150 QB Stewart taken 4th in MLB draft

June, 6, 2013
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The picture cleared up just a little bit for Kohl Stewart (Houston/St. Pius X) on Thursday.

The 2013 ESPN 150 quarterback and highly-regarded high school pitching prospect, who signed with Texas A&M to play football, was chosen fourth overall in the first round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, setting the stage for a life-altering decision.

Stewart, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound righthander, signed a national letter of intent with the Aggies' football team on Feb. 6, now must decide whether to join Texas A&M or forego college ball in order to pursue professional baseball.

His pitching repertoire, which includes a fastball that rises into the mid-90 mph range, has made him a top baseball draft prospect for more than a year. On the football field, he was the nation's sixth-ranked pocket passer, a four-star prospect who was No. 96 overall in the ESPN 150.

ESPN baseball scouts say Stewart "has four legitimate pitches with an athletic, strong build and the potential for two grade-70s offerings on the 20-80 scouting scale. His fastball is consistently 92-94, touching 97, with good downhill plane."

During a press conference on national signing day in February, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin stated that he and Stewart already had candid conversations about his future.

"Our conversations with him have been that we'd love to have him, he wants to come here," Sumlin said. "But also, there's nothing wrong with being Brandon Weeden. I told him if he wants to go play, go play. We'll still have a place for you when you're 25. That's worked out for a lot of people too. He understood that."

The deadline for 2013 draft picks to sign with the teams the have chosen them is 5 p.m. eastern time on July 12.

Sam Khan | email

Texas A&M/SEC reporter

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