Despite his pedigree (No. 4 overall pick in 2013) and the impressive grades from scouts on some of his pitches, Kohl Stewart has been unable to miss bats at a level fit for a future mid-rotation starter. He started to change that narrative a little at High-A (20.8 percent K rate), but then he finished the season with just 47 strikeouts in 92 innings at Double-A. Stewart could still be a big-league starter, but there are no signs that he'll miss enough bats to be an exciting fantasy option.
Stewart has a 5.11 ERA and 5:12 K:BB ratio in 12.1 innings in three starts for Double-A Charlotte. Stewart has struggled with control as he's also thrown five wild pitches, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He still has time to turn around his season, but it's not the start to the season he needed as his prospect star has already been fading.
Stewart was able to make one more start before the end of the season after a brief stay on the DL with elbow tendinitis. He finished 2016 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 91:63 K:BB over 143.2 innings between High-A and Double-A. Despite his pedigree (No. 4 overall pick in 2013) and the impressive grades that get thrown out on some of his pitches, Stewart has been unable to miss bats at a level one would expect for a future mid-rotation starter. He started to change that narrative a little at High-A (20.8 percent K-rate), but then he finished the season with just 47 strikeouts in 92 innings at Double-A. Stewart still looks like a future big-league starter, but there are no signs that he'll miss enough bats to be an exciting fantasy option.
Stewart has been placed on the 7-day DL at Double-A Chattanooga with right elbow tendinitis, Brandon Warne of ColdOmaha.com reports. Stewart has a 3.14 ERA but just a 4.8 K/9 and poor 46:41 K:BB since being promoted to Double-A. The severity of the injury isn't clear and it's possible his season could be over.
Stewart will be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. Stewart has a 2.61 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over nine starts and 51.2 innings pitched. He is the Twins' No. 10 prospect currently. He'll likely develop here, and if he performs well enough, could get a chance in Triple-A or the majors if someone gets injured.
Twins premier pitching prospect Kohl Stewart is progressing well in his recovery from elbow inflammation, farm director Brad Stiel has reported to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Stiel offered that Stewart was "doing better" and that his MRI "looked good." He added that his workload will be ramped back up. Stewart, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was placed on the disabled list last Thursday.
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