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July 27, 2011

Scouting reports on newest Sox prospect RHP Zach Stewart

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2011 8:00 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

He uses a 90 MPH sinker, a slider, an improved change, and an occasional curve. You can find a full report on him here on the link below. I make him as a Grade B/B- type right now, with his stock having slipped some over the last year. He could make a good inning-eater with a decent defense behind him, or he could dominate more readily if used in the pen.

Sickels @ MLBall (June 16):

Stewart threw 95-96 MPH in the bullpen but has settled into the 89-93 range as a starter, though his fastball has sinking action. His best secondary pitch is an effective variable-speed slider. His changeup has improved over the last year and rates as average overall, sometimes better than average, sometimes a bit worse. He’s made great progress refining his mechanics and command since college, and has shown the ability to eat innings without ill-effect.

Sickels @ MLBall (January 9):

4) Zach Stewart, RHP, Grade B+: His stock has dropped a little, but I still like him. If he can’t cut it as a starter he can close.

Eddy @ BA:

Stewart works quickly and throws four pitches for strikes, making him a future mid-rotation candidate for Chicago. His fastball features sinking and tailing action at 88-92 mph, while his quality low-80s slider functions as his No. 2 pitch. Stewart worked in a mid-80s changeup more frequently this season with New Hampshire, and he sells the change of pace with good arm speed. He also surprises opponents with a seldom-used curveball.

Anderson @ BP:

Frasor is a nice enough reliever with a modest price tag for next season that comes in the form of a club option. Being the prospect in the deal, Stewart’s perceived upside is higher. Stewart has what you’d want in a starting pitcher. He throws hard (reaching the mid-90s with his fastball) and has a vicious slider. The problem, though, is that he lacks a third pitch, and his statistical track record in the minor leagues is underwhelming for a pitcher with his profile.  At 24, Stewart has appeared in 20 Triple-A games (all in relief) and has spent this season back in the rotation at Double-A New Hampshire, striking out seven batters per nine innings pitched while allowing more than a hit per inning pitched and holding a 4.20 earned run average. The cons have led some, like Kevin Goldstein, to believe his upside (twitter) might be limited to that of a number four starter or set-up man.

Hulet @ FG:

His repertoire includes an 89-94 mph fastball, good slider, and changeup. Stewart produces easy velocity and has a solid delivery with minimal effort. He utilizes a low three-quarter arm angle. At worst, the right-hander should become a successful high-leverage reliever in the eighth or ninth inning.

Padilla @ ESPN:

As recently as last season in the minor leagues, Stewart had a fastball was clocking in as high as 97 mph. He isn’t throwing as hard but can still touch 93-94 mph on the radar gun, although sits a bit lower than that consistently. He relies mainly on a sinking fastball and slider.

For more links to prospect lists go to fantasyrundown’s ‘2011 MLB Prospects’ index.

White Sox trade Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart

Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox and Blue Jays completed a trade Wednesday that sent Chicago starter Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen to Toronto in exchange for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart. …

Let’s see what B-R says for the 2 guys that came back. For Jason Frasor:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
1999 21 DET-min A-,A 5 4 .556 1.96 16 15 0 1 1 0 82.2 53 26 18 5 31 0 102 3 5 3 326 1.016 5.8 0.5 3.4 11.1 3.29 ONE,WMI · NYPL,MIDW
2000 22 DET-min A 5 3 .625 3.28 14 14 0 0 0 0 71.1 55 32 26 2 29 0 65 4 1 5 300 1.178 6.9 0.3 3.7 8.2 2.24 WMI · MIDW
2002 24 DET-min A+ 5 6 .455 3.54 24 24 0 0 0 0 117.0 112 54 46 10 46 1 87 8 2 2 494 1.350 8.6 0.8 3.5 6.7 1.89 LAK · FLOR
2003 25 LAD-min AA,A+ 2 0 1.000 2.51 50 0 41 0 0 23 61.0 49 21 17 2 18 0 86 1 1 1 248 1.098 7.2 0.3 2.7 12.7 4.78 JCK,VRO · SOUL,FLOR
2004 26 TOR-min AAA 0 0 2.25 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.0 1 1 1 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 18 1.500 2.2 0.0 11.2 13.5 1.20 SYR · IL
2004 26 TOR AL 4 6 .400 4.08 63 0 37 0 0 17 68.1 64 31 31 4 36 3 54 2 2 4 299 119 1.463 8.4 0.5 4.7 7.1 1.50
2005 27 TOR AL 3 5 .375 3.25 67 0 12 0 0 1 74.2 67 31 27 8 28 2 62 3 0 1 305 137 1.272 8.1 1.0 3.4 7.5 2.21
2006 28 TOR-min AAA 3 1 .750 3.98 18 0 6 0 0 1 20.1 21 10 9 1 13 0 33 0 0 3 92 1.672 9.3 0.4 5.8 14.6 2.54 SYR · IL
2006 28 TOR AL 3 2 .600 4.32 51 0 12 0 0 0 50.0 47 24 24 8 17 1 51 2 0 3 215 106 1.280 8.5 1.4 3.1 9.2 3.00
2007 29 TOR AL 1 5 .167 4.58 51 0 18 0 0 3 57.0 47 29 29 3 23 1 59 2 1 2 242 98 1.228 7.4 0.5 3.6 9.3 2.57
2008 30 TOR AL 1 2 .333 4.18 49 0 21 0 0 0 47.1 36 23 22 4 32 4 42 1 0 6 208 102 1.437 6.8 0.8 6.1 8.0 1.31
2009 31 TOR AL 7 3 .700 2.50 61 0 36 0 0 11 57.2 43 17 16 4 16 3 56 2 0 2 227 178 1.023 6.7 0.6 2.5 8.7 3.50
2010 32 TOR AL 3 4 .429 3.68 69 0 18 0 0 4 63.2 61 30 26 4 27 6 65 4 0 5 279 114 1.382 8.6 0.6 3.8 9.2 2.41
2011 33 TOR AL 2 1 .667 2.98 44 0 6 0 0 0 42.1 38 15 14 4 15 1 37 2 0 2 178 137 1.252 8.1 0.9 3.2 7.9 2.47
8 Seasons 24 28 .462 3.69 455 0 160 0 0 36 461.0 403 200 189 39 194 21 426 18 3 25 1953 120 1.295 7.9 0.8 3.8 8.3 2.20
162 Game Avg. 4 4 .462 3.69 68 0 24 0 0 5 69 60 30 28 6 29 3 64 3 0 4 292 120 1.295 7.9 0.8 3.8 8.3 2.20
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/27/2011.

and Zach Stewart:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A CIN 1 4 .200 1.09 24 0 21 0 0 5 33.0 26 7 4 0 14 2 36 2 0 0 136 1.212 7.1 0.0 3.8 9.8 2.57
2008 21 Dayton MIDW A CIN 1 2 .333 0.55 11 0 10 0 0 3 16.1 10 2 1 0 3 0 13 1 0 0 61 0.796 5.5 0.0 1.7 7.2 4.33
2008 21 Sarasota FLOR A+ CIN 0 2 .000 1.62 13 0 11 0 0 2 16.2 16 5 3 0 11 2 23 1 0 0 75 1.620 8.6 0.0 5.9 12.4 2.09
2009 22 4 Teams 4 Lgs A+-AA-AAA TOR,CIN 4 1 .800 1.89 34 14 7 1 0 2 105.0 105 34 22 3 32 0 93 2 0 4 439 1.305 9.0 0.3 2.7 8.0 2.91
2009 22 Sarasota FLOR A+ CIN 1 1 .500 2.13 7 7 0 1 0 0 42.1 47 17 10 1 8 0 32 1 0 1 177 1.299 10.0 0.2 1.7 6.8 4.00
2009 22 Carolina SOUL AA CIN 3 0 1.000 1.46 7 7 0 0 0 0 37.0 29 7 6 1 10 0 31 1 0 1 145 1.054 7.1 0.2 2.4 7.5 3.10
2009 22 Las Vegas PCL AAA TOR 0 0 3.38 11 0 3 0 0 0 13.1 18 8 5 1 6 0 14 0 0 1 62 1.800 12.2 0.7 4.0 9.4 2.33
2009 22 Louisville IL AAA CIN 0 0 0.73 9 0 4 0 0 2 12.1 11 2 1 0 8 0 16 0 0 1 55 1.541 8.0 0.0 5.8 11.7 2.00
2010 23 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 8 3 .727 3.63 26 26 0 0 0 0 136.1 131 59 55 13 54 0 106 5 2 5 575 1.357 8.6 0.9 3.6 7.0 1.96
2011 24 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 5 5 .500 4.20 16 16 0 1 0 0 94.1 106 49 44 6 27 0 74 1 1 3 403 1.410 10.1 0.6 2.6 7.1 2.74
4 Seasons 18 13 .581 3.05 100 56 28 2 0 7 368.2 368 149 125 22 127 2 309 10 3 12 1553 1.343 9.0 0.5 3.1 7.5 2.43
AA (3 seasons) AA 16 8 .667 3.53 49 49 0 1 0 0 267.2 266 115 105 20 91 0 211 7 3 9 1123 1.334 8.9 0.7 3.1 7.1 2.32
AAA (1 season) AAA 0 0 2.10 20 0 7 0 0 2 25.2 29 10 6 1 14 0 30 0 0 2 117 1.675 10.2 0.4 4.9 10.5 2.14
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 1 3 .250 1.98 20 7 11 1 0 2 59.0 63 22 13 1 19 2 55 2 0 1 252 1.390 9.6 0.2 2.9 8.4 2.89
A (1 season) A 1 2 .333 0.55 11 0 10 0 0 3 16.1 10 2 1 0 3 0 13 1 0 0 61 0.796 5.5 0.0 1.7 7.2 4.33
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/27/2011.

I see Toronto trade Edwin Jackson and some relievers to St. Louis for Colby Rasmus. And not any good relievers. I’d prefer getting Rasmus to getting Frasor/Stewart. Yes, Rasmus has his negatives but it would have been a better return than Frasor/Stewart.

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