St. Pius X (Houston) right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart has two very good options. The 6-3, 205-pound senior could apprentice to play college quarterback next fall at Texas A&M by watching Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, or he could take a large bonus to sign as a first-round pick with a major league baseball team. While his 95 mph heater might make the decision seem easy, it's not. His father Mark, played defensive end at Texas A&M and has had season tickets with the Aggies since the 1980s.
Until June, when the postseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA baseball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: St. Pius X (Houston) pitcher Kohl Stewart
2013 stats: Stewart was 5-1 with a 0.18 earned run average. He had 59 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched. He also hit .384 with 10 homers and 34 RBI. A dual-sport athlete who has signed a football letter-of-intent with Texas A&M, he threw for a school-record 8,803 yards in three seasons.
Best Game: Threw a seven-inning three-hitter with nine strikeouts in Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools state 5A semifinal 5-1 defeat of St. Thomas (Houston) on May 13.
Others’ Take: "He's a difference-maker on any team he plays on. We were pleased to see his composure and ability to go out there and get better. With all the hype and publicity he got, there were always people wondering if he was what people say he was." — St. Pius coach Adam Massiate.
Look Out For: Madison (San Diego) left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin, who has signed with the University of San Diego. Clarkin was 9-2 with a 0.95 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 73.1 innings this season.
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