The Minnesota Twins are in a pretty good situation when it comes to prospects. While the big league club has struggled in recent seasons, the farm system has been loaded with talent both on the offensive and pitching sides of the ball. Unfortunately however for the Twins, last year’s first round pick Kohl Stewart may be farther away from Target Field than we would have hoped.
Stewart is currently pitching for Low-A Cedar Rapids, and while he has had shoulder discomfort earlier this year, he was able to miss only a small period of time chalking it up to bad rest on a bus ride. This time, judging by Source Media Group’s Jeffrey Johnson, it could be worse.
Kohl Stewart very tight-lipped when asked about his shoulder postgame. "I felt like (crap), tried to pitch through it." #MnTwins
— Jeffrey Johnson (@jeje66) August 20, 2014
Kernels Manager Jake Mauer said injured pitcher Kohl Stewart will see a local orthopedic doctor Thursday about his shoulder. #MnTwins
— Jeffrey Johnson (@jeje66) August 21, 2014
While none of that information looks remotely good or promising, it is vital to not jump to conclusions before finding anything concrete out. Stewart is pitching in his first full season in pro baseball, and some arm fatigue is to be expected. He is still a young kid, and the jump from high school to the professional game is significant.
Although Kohl Stewart doesn’t project to be up in Minnesota for at least the next two years, it would be nice to not have to lose any significant development time to an impending surgery. As Stewart continues to develop in the projected frontline starter that he is, Twins fans can only hope for a clean bill of health along the way.
Stay tuned to see how this story plays out as more updates trickle out of Iowa.