With the 32nd overall pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft the Cincinnati Reds have selected Sal Stewart, a third baseman out of Westminster Christian High School in Miami, Florida.

This pick is compensation for losing Nick Castellanos in free agency.

Sal Stewart Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 225

Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Third Base

Highest Ranking: 59th (Keith Law/The Athletic)

The quick scouting report here is the bat ahead of the glove and it’s going to stay that way. He shows an average to above-average hit tool, with Fangraphs report noting he makes a ton of contact. He’s also noted for his approach at the plate. His power is his best tool. Currently he shows plenty of power for a high school player, but there’s plus power to tap into in the future.

At third base he shows an above-average arm, but there’s a chance that he’s got to move across the diamond to play first base down the line. His speed doesn’t really profile well enough for him to move elsewhere on the field. Still, one of the better rated hitters in the high school class this year, Stewart could be a quick mover for a prep pick.

The right-handed hitter batted .506 while striking out just six times in his senior season. He also showed off the power as he hit 9 home runs and had 13 doubles.

Sal Stewart Video

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Loading up on the top hitters in the high school class isn’t a bad strategy for the Cincinnati Reds and for their second pick on the day they grabbed Sal Stewart. There may be some concerns that he’s going to wind up at first base in the long run, but there aren’t too many concerns about whether he is going to hit or not. Big power and a quality hit tool mixed in with an ability to handle quality secondary offerings bodes well.

Scouting Director Joe Katuska on Sal Stewart

“It’s the hit and power combination for him. He’s not just a masher up there, he knows how to hit. We saw him against advanced competition on the showcase circuit last year and then all spring – they play really good baseball down in south Florida. So really it’s that combination of hit and power, presently and projects to keep improving on.”

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31 Responses

  1. Ryan Tillson

    Just a quick thanks to Doug for all his efforts. Is there a way to show support for what you do as a one time payment? I’d prefer not to do a monthly subscription

  2. Brad

    Interesting pick. The age 17-18 Reds infield is loaded with Collier, Stewart, Minier, Cabrera, Jorge, Balcazar, Antonia, Valencia, etc.

    Cant imagine Stewart is over slot of $2.38m. Seems like a bigger Tyler Callihan to me.

  3. Tom

    Welcome to the post Votto / DH world!

    I like the pick!

  4. Bdh

    If they all work out a starting group in a few years consisting of

    C – Stephenson
    1B – McGarry or Stewart
    2B – India
    SS – Barrero
    3B – De La Cruz
    LF – McLain
    CF – Senzel
    RF – Collier
    DH – Confidan or Hinds

    Looks real good to me

    • Bob

      Stephenson will be the 1B, it’s only a matter of time due to injuries

  5. Redsvol

    not a fan. Not much upside because he won’t be able to play the outfield. Imagine if this was a college first baseman – which is what he will be in 3 years if he went to college. He probably wouldn’t be drafted in the first round. College first basemen rarely are. Spencer Torkelson was an anomaly and I think he was actually drafted as a 3B.

    • SultanofSwaff

      Excellent point.

      That said, I think his footwork at the hot corner is pretty good…or I should say he has a better chance to stick there than Collier imo.

    • DaveCT

      He’s going to have to get in better shape, IMO. But the dude apparently can really, really hit.

    • earmbrister

      Torkelson was announced as being drafted at 3B, but he played his entire collegiate career at 1B.

      Stewart’s tools are all above average with the exception of a 30(!) run tool. The video available showed that exceptional speed, lol. He doesn’t appear to be a candidate to move to the OF. All of his other tools were rated at 50 or higher.

      I’m on board with the pick. The guy is a hitter and if he can’t stick at 3B, a move to 1B or even DH is a possibility.

    • DaveCT

      Just did a quick look at BA’s best tools for this draft.

      Cam Collier is considered the third best college hitter … again at 17 years old.

      Sal Stewart is considered to have the third best power and the fifth best strike zone judgement for high schoolers. There could be more here than at first glance.

      Logan Tanner is considered the third best defensive catcher in college.

      • Earmbrister

        Very good observation Dave CT. The Reds seem to have skimmed the cream of the crop.

        I like that they focused on position players after filling their organizational pipeline with pitchers. They’ve done well.

  6. earmbrister

    There seems to be a lot of “top rated’ position players left on the board with 45 hit tools.

    The Reds are seemingly saying, thanks but no thanks. Happy to see it. If a guy can’t hit consistently, none of the other tools will likely come into play.

  7. DaveCT

    I’ve seen comments about both hitters that they recognize breaking pitches well. Music to my ears.

    Of note to me, Collier played in the college wood bat Cape Cod League … at 17. That’s impressive.

    Besides being the premier wood bat college league in the country, if you have not checked it out in person, it’s a tremendous experience. Very family friendly. Sit on blankets or lawn chairs and watch great talent

  8. MK

    Stewart is a Vanderbilt commit and Vanderbilt commits typically go to Vanderbilt. I would expect it will take overslot a lot to get him.

    • Old Big Ed

      Druw Jones, Dylan Lesko and Brandon Barriera are all Vandy commits taken in the first round who are almost certainly going to turn pro, as will probably Noah Schultz. So, I guess it’s how you define “typically.”

      Stewart in his interviews seemed eager to start pro ball. It’s not like a guy forfeits any right to a college education by signing. If he flames out, he can still get his degree, although probably not from Vandy (or Peabody).

      There are those, like Walker Buehler, who made it clear after high school that he was definite for Vandy. He did get drafted in the 14th round, but he was always headed to Vandy and would have been taken in the top two rounds if he had not been so definitive in wanting to go to Vandy. The Reds took Andrew Benintendi in about the 25th round out of high school under similar circumstances.

  9. DaveCT

    Good thing they’re in the lightning round with next to no time between picks.

  10. Greenfield Red

    Sal Stewart and Cam Collier. I predict Joe Johnson will be the 3rd pick. Any Bob & Tom listeners will that joke.

  11. Bdh

    If Peyton Graham is still there at 55 then the reds have to get him! Doubt he stays at SS but he could play 2B or outfield which he did in cape

  12. Tom

    Cubs and Padres pulled talent down. I think Padres did well for getting Lesko.

  13. DaveCT

    OK, I’ll say it. I hope Logan Tanner pans out more than Joe Hudson, Chris Okey and, so far, Mat Nelson.

    This must reflect the premium value placed on the catching position, if this is a best player available pick.

  14. Mark

    I believe it might also be a pick at Catcher that they hope works out so Stevenson can be 1B after Votto retires.

  15. Old Big Ed

    I guess catchers are hard to find, so they get drafted earlier than you would think. On the other hand, other than obvious elite guys like Adley Rutschman, they tend to sign for under slot.

    Maybe the explanation is that catchers are inherent risks, and the better way to improve as a catcher is to go pro and catch 100 games in a season, as opposed to 50 or so in college. The pro coaching for catchers is likely a lot better, too.

    A guy can make a good living being a backup MLB catcher. It isn’t like punting, where the difference between the 32nd best punter in the world and the 33rd best is about $700k/year.