When the 2022 baseball season began for Sal Stewart he was entering his senior year at Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida. The 18-year-old then went out and put up a strong year that helped lead to the Cincinnati Reds selecting him 32nd overall in the draft.
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With the draft now taking place during the All-Star break it’s made the first taste of minor league baseball for draftees take place over the course of about a month instead of being early enough in the summer to get them an entire half of a season worth of playing time. For Sal Stewart it wasn’t even that long. He would make his professional debut on August 8th and he played his final game two-and-a-half weeks later on August 25th when the Arizona Complex League season came to an end. It was a good debut within that time frame as he hit .292/.393/.458 with four walks and five strikeouts.
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Sal Stewart Scouting Report
Position: Third Base | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 215 lbs | Acquired: 1st Round, 2022 Draft
Born: December 7, 2003
Hitting | An average to above-average tool.
Power | Stewart shows above-average power with plus raw power.
Speed | He’s a well below-average runner.
Defense | He’s a slightly below-average defender.
Arm | Stewart shows above-average arm strength.
Sal Stewart was one of if not the highest rated bat in the 2022 draft from the high school ranks. Not only does he have a chance to be an above-average hitter with above-average or better power, his approach at the plate is also lauded by evaluators. His pitch recognition is very advanced for his age and that could help his already strong hitting tools play up. He can and does use the entire field.
Defensively is where there are some questions when it comes to his overall game. Right now he has the tools and ability to play third base, but scouts wonder if a move across the diamond to first base isn’t in his future. He’s going to need to stay on top of his conditioning if he’s going to remain at third base in the long run. His arm is plenty strong over there and he’s got good hands, but his size and quickness may limit his defensive value and ultimately could lead to a position change.
Sal Stewart Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Sal Stewart
Tough to pull any real cool stats when a guy played in just eight games during the season, but Sal Stewart did have more extra-base hits during the season than he had singles. Of note, his spray chart above shows 4 singles and 4 doubles, but I opted to include the ACL Reds lone playoff game in the charts and he went 1-4 with a walk in that game with a single.