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November 19, 2013

Prospect Debate

Meyer vs. Stewart

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


When putting together the Twins’ top prospect list, the first two names required little-to-no thought or debate, as Buxton is a superhero and Sano’s raw power turns scouts into teenaged girls screaming at the Beatles, c. 1964. On my initial list, I ranked Meyer third and recent first-round pick Kohl Stewart fourth, which in turn sparked the following debate about their prospect value and risk factors. Even though Meyer won the spot without much of a fight, the email exchanges did provide plenty of interesting scouting commentary about the two players, and made the reports more comprehensive as a result. This is how the sausage is made.

Ron Shah: Early thought: Stewart over Meyer.

[Redacted]: I talked to at least 3 scouts last year who preferred Stewart over Appel. I know only one team actually had to make that decision and they chose otherwise, but scouts loved his stuff and presence. The "it" factor, the #want, whatever you want to call it that Appel seems to lack, Stewart has buckets of. The scouts all predicted he would be a quick mover through the minors and the type of arm that could anchor a rotation. And he's #4! That's a helluva system.

[Industry source]: After watching Meyer’s AFL start last night I can’t agree with you on that Ronit, though I see where you’re coming from. Stewart has better upside, but Meyer will pitch in the big leagues next year and Stewart has a long ways to go and while his stuff justifies it the #4 ranking in a system like this is (justifiably) aggressive.

I think the top 4 is in the right order, and I can’t believe I’m agreeing with putting anyone over Sano, but I can’t argue against it (you could argue those guys should be 1-2 overall).

Ron Shah: Just talked to someone who said he'd personally take Meyer over Stewart if both were in a draft right now because of the risk factor. But did say Stewart has better makeup and stuff, so he wouldn't be surprised at all if he becomes an ace.

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