Twins draft high school pitcher from Houston with the fourth overall pick in the draft

Kohl Stewart, who has a baseball and football scholarship to Texas A&M, was the first high school player drafted.

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Prep baseball star Kohl Stewart, seen here at the Perfect Game All-American Classic, Petco Park, San Diego, California.

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Kohl Stewart estimated that 75 to 100 friends and family members were packed into his family’s home in Tomball, Texas, on Thursday night to see where he would be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

Thank heavens for the smartphone age.

“The weather got real bad here and the satellite went out,” Stewart said in a teleconference. “Some people called the draft up on their phones, and when we heard my name, we all cheered.”

 

Stewart, a righthanded pitcher who also was a star quarterback at St. Pius X High School in Houston, had a good hunch where he was going. The Twins have been to all his games over the past two years, so he had a strong feeling that they would select him with the fourth overall pick.

The confirmation came around 6:20 p.m. The Twins believe he has the tools to become a front-line starter.

“I definitely believed that this is where I was headed,” he said.

The Twins also went for pitching with their second-round pick, selecting LSU righthander Ryan Eades.

 

Stanford righthander Mark Appel went with the first overall pick to his hometown team, the Houston Astros. The Chicago Cubs then selected University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant, and the Colorado Rockies took University of Oklahoma righthander Jonathan Gray, making the Twins’ selection a simple one.

“He was the best prospect on the board,” Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said. “He just happened to be a high school righthander.”

Stewart, 18, made eight starts for St. Pius X this season, going 5-1 with a 0.18 ERA. In 40 innings, he struck out 59 and walked 16. In 2012, he was 8-0 with 72 strikeouts in 54 innings.

“I think his ceiling is unlimited,” Johnson said. “I think he’s got the makeup and physical attributes to be a front-line starter.

“I’m not going to say he’s a No. 1 starter. I don’t think that anyone can predict that, but I do think that — not to put any undue pressure on the kid — but he has the ability, the athleticism to be just as good as the guys who were picked ahead of him.”

There were reports earlier on Thursday that talks had bogged down, but the Twins made the selection confident that they can agree on a signing bonus. Major League Baseball’s assigned value to the fourth overall pick is $4,544,400. Stewart can be signed for above or below that number. The Twins have a bonus pool of $8,264,400 to sign their picks or risk paying a penalty.

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