Kohl Stewart, a prospect in the Minnesota Twins system and former blue-chip quarterback, denies that he may take a shot at college football.
Kohl Stewart was a four-star pro-style quarterback in the class of 2013. 247Sports ranks him the No. 170 overall payer in the class.
The site has him No. 12 among pro-style QBs. The Houston native was also the No. 22 prospect in the state.
As a recruit, Stewart committed to Texas A&M. He was in the same class that featured short-lived A&M star quarterback Kenny Hill.
He never made it to College Station though. Stewart elected to play pro baseball instead. He was the No. 4 pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 MLB Draft.
He wound up inking a $4.5 million deal with the Twins. However, his minor league career has suffered from injuries.
Pitching through shoulder and knee issues, Stewart has 472 minor league innings under his belt. He's pitched to a 3.1 ERA in the minors, with a 1.3 WHIP and 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
No, the Twins pitching prospect said Wednesday morning, he is not leaving baseball to enroll at Texas A&M and play quarterback for the Aggies and new coach Jimbo Fisher.
“That is not happening,” Stewart said in a phone interview. “I’ve noticed my phone has been blowing up. I’ve seen the rumors, but there is nothing to it.”
The 23-year old Stewart will instead be with the Twins when pitchers and catchers report on February 13. He will look to break onto the team's 40-man roster, after getting some work in Triple-A last season.
Purely hypothetically, if Stewart was to look at a return to football, playing for new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher would not be a terrible move. Fisher has a reputation as someone who can get a quarterback into the NFL, and Chris Weinke and Brandon Weeden have proven that former baseball players can get to the NFL after starting their college careers late.