The Minnesota Twins selected Texas A&M quarterback commit Kohl Stewart with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, but if the pitcher chooses the MLB over college football, the Aggies will be fine.
A report by Joe Schad of ESPN suggested that Stewart will indeed sign with the Twins.
Kohl Stewart said he's looking forward to working on baseball every day.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2013
Rivals rated Stewart a 4-star prospect and the 15th best QB in the 2013 recruiting class. Losing such a highly sought-after passer would hurt most teams, but Texas A&M isn’t most teams.
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will start in maroon and white for at least one more season. If he enters the 2014 NFL draft as a redshirt sophomore, several capable starters will compete to replace him. Two of those competitors include Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen.
Hill, like Stewart, also excels at baseball as well as football. He isn’t as sought after on the diamond as Stewart, but Rivals rated him much higher than the Twins’ pick, ranking him the fourth best QB in the 2013 recruiting class.
Allen is an even more superior option than Stewart. He recently committed to Texas A&M as Rivals’ No. 1 ranked QB and 27th best player overall in the class of 2014. Returning passers Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis—Rivals’ No. 3 ranked QB in the class of 2012—will also compete to be Manziel’s successor.
More likely than not, Stewart won’t even sniff the field if he passes on signing with Minnesota. He may boast the strongest arm of the bunch—wielding a 97 mph fastball—but more importantly, he’s arguably the least talented quarterback of a deep position at Texas A&M.
If Stewart signs with the Twins, the Aggies would lose their scout-team QB at most.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.