Monday, January 31, 2005

Ian Stewart Report

Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Drafted 10th Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, Westminster, CA
Bats L/Throws R
19 YO, 6'3", 200 lbs

As the owner of two keeper league teams, when it comes to Ian Stewart, I'm Pavlov's dog. I read his name, and I do a Homer Simpson "MMMM Ian Stewart." He's an incredible prospect, and about as good a bet to see 5 all star games as anybody not currently in the Major Leagues.

Stewart hit .319/.398/.594 with 31 doubles, 9 triples, 30 home runs, 66 walks, 112 K's, and 19 steals (in 28 attempts) in 505 Sally League at bats. That's incredible. 70 extra base hits as a 19 year old in a full season league. And the South Atlantic League is not exactly known for bandboxes. He even improved throughout the year, showing a learning curve that may put him on the fast track for Denver. Just imagine an Eric Chavez level third baseman in Colorado. That's what we're on track to seeing.

I currently have Stewart ranked as my #1 prospect in baseball. The only real things that should make anybody nervous are injuries (which he doesn't have any problem with so far) and the presence of Jeff Baker ahead of him, giving the Rockies an easy excuse to push him to an outfield corner since Baker is a spectacular defensive third baseman. But even with that, Stewart is still earning good reviews for his defense, and there's no need to move him. Unlike Eric Duncan, people aren't talking about moving him off of third. This would be a move made purely because of a great defender ahead of him.

ETA: Late 2006/Early 2007
5 Stars

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