The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they have selected right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart from St. Pius X (Houston) High School with the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The 18-year-old was the top ranked high school pitching prospect in the country according to Baseball America. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound First-Team Rawlings All-American made eight starts for St. Pius X, posting a record of 5-1 with a 0.18 ERA in 40.0 innings pitched with 59 strikeouts and 16 walks. He was named Texas All-Region First-Team in 2013. In 2012, as a junior, the right-hander went 8-0 with 72 strikeouts in 54.0 innings pitched, helping guide St. Pius to the TAPPS 5A Title.
A native of Tomball, Texas, Stewart was a two-sport athlete and was recruited to pitch, and play quarterback, at Texas A&M. As a senior, he threw for 2,560 yards and 28 touchdowns.
This marked the second time the Twins have had the number four overall pick, previously selecting left-handed pitcher Bryan Oelkers with the fourth pick in the 1982 Draft out of Wichita State University.
Kohl Stewart was recommended by Twins scout Greg Runser.