Yesterday the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted rookie right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart to the major league roster.
He’s bounced around a bit this year: he began the season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, was sent down for rehab work on June 1st, called up to the majors on the 18th, pitched three relief innings against the New York Mets on the 20th, sent down to the minors on the 21st, and is now back with the big league club.
With all the roster jumping we haven’t reviewed him in a while, so let’s fix that.
Stewart ranked ninth on the Los Angeles Dodgers Top 20 prospects for 2017 list, with a Grade B- and the following commentary:
9) Brock Stewart, RHP, Grade B-: Age 25; sixth round pick in 2014 from Illinois State University; posted 1.79 ERA with 129/19 K/BB in 121 innings at three levels, then 5.79 ERA with 25/12 K/BB in 28 MLB innings; fastball 91-95 with good location; mixes in plus change-up and an inconsistent slider; showed superb command in the minors in ’16, walk rate rose in majors but that’s natural and he’s shown past ability to make adjustments; number four starter type with a chance to be a three if slider improves. ETA 2017.
The big question for Stewart is the health of the shoulder and right now he looks OK. Since being activated for rehab he has a 13/0 K/BB in 8.1 innings of Triple-A work, giving up nine hits and three runs. He pitched well in that outing against the Mets, throwing three scoreless with zero hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
His velocity is normal for him at 90-95, averaging right at 93.5 just like he did last year. He still relies mainly on the change-up as his key secondary pitch: he threw 24 fastballs, 15 changes, and just one slider against the Mets according to PitchFx.
The pre-season take hasn’t changed: he projects as a strike-throwing fourth starter, perhaps a three if the slider improves. He could also make a very impressive relief pitcher if that outing against the Mets is any indication.
Some of his work from last year: