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
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.”