Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Scouting the 2019 Draft: Carter Stewart

Carter Stewart, RHP, JC.  DOB:  11/2/1999.  6'6", 200 lbs.

Carter Stewart was the #8 overall selection in the 2018 draft by the Braves.  He did not sign after his physical revealed some sort of wrist problem and he refused to accept the Braves diminished bonus offer.  BTW, that is the reason why the Giants have the 10'th pick in the 2019 draft rather than the 9'th.  Anyway, Stewart has the height and projectable frame scouts love.  His FB sits 92-94 and peaks at 97 MPH, but his best pitch is a high spin, hard curveball.  He also shows a developing changeup.

Stewart was committed to Mississippi St but did not enroll.  He is believed to be planning to pitch for Eastern Florida State JC this spring and re-enter the draft.  If he's healthy and effective, he could return to the top 10 of the draft, possibly the first pitcher off the board. The Giants have not had particularly good results from drafting former first round pitchers who failed to sign out of HS.  Add in the medical concern and yeah, I'd stay away.


DrB's Updated 2019 Draft Board:

1.  Bobby Witt Jr., SS, HS.  5-tool athlete with MLB bloodline who can stick at SS.

2.  Adley Rutschman, C, College(Oregon St).  Excellent catching prospect whose bat had a huge sophomore breakout.

3.  CJ Abrams, SS, HS.  4+ tool prospect with the best wheels in the draft.  Power lags a bit.

4.  Shea Langeliers, C, College(Baylor).  Solid catching prospect with potential for a plus bat.

5.  Andrew Vaughn, 1B, College(Cal).  Top college power bat in the draft.  The numbers guys will like him better than the scouts.

6.  Josh Jung, 3B, College(Texas Tech).  Disciplined bat with power potential.  Has arm to play 3B at highest level.

7.  Carter Stewart, RHP, JC.  Has tools to be an ace.  Will need to overcome health concerns after "failing" physical with Braves last year.

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