Originally Posted by redsof72
Very surprised at that comment. You are a very well-versed observer and have proven that over many years on these boards. Did you see him pitch that year, see the way, at age 22, he was totally dominating people at every level...Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A? Not doing it with junk that wasn't going to translate to the big leagues either. Doing it with quality stuff. I don't know what happened to Stewart. Something did obviously. I am going to try to find out.
Yeah, I had seen him pitch out of the bullpen in Dayton, and he was completely dominant. He had no business playing there to be honest. When I saw him in Raleigh, it looked like it was just a matter of time before hitters would catch up to him. Although his slider made hitters look silly, you could tell the results would be a bit different once they had a chance to see him again. His fastball was nice and heavy with a slider that was clearly above average. People say nice things about his changeup, but it never impressed me. When he missed, he missed in the zone, and advanced hitters can capitalize on that a lot more.
It's easy to get excited about a prospect like Stewart. He was very successful at a young age in every level he entered. However, an assumption talent evaluators often make is that improvement is inevitable. My opinion was that he was already getting nearly the most out of his talent. I still think his best years are ahead of him as I think it's only his confidence that's holding him back, but I never saw his ceiling as anything more than a solid setup guy. I'm surprised so many teams have passed on him already because I think he could be a reliable reliever right now.