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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Zach Stewart (Credit: Texas Tech University)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Zach Stewart
Position:Relief Pitcher
School:Texas Tech
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:205 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/28/08

Focus Area
Fastball:Stewart showed plus, plus velocity, throwing his fastball in the 95-97 mph range.
Fastball movement:It had plus life as well.
Slider:He showed a slider that was average-to-plus and threw it with good deception.
Control:He had plus command, particularly of his fastball.
Poise:He has a closer mentality, very aggressive and going right after hitters.
Physical Description:Stewart isn't all that big, but he's strong-bodied and his stuff plays big as does his bulldog mentality.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Two plus power pitches and command of both of them. He has the right demeanor to be a closer.
Weaknesses:Having played at three colleges in three years, there's no real track record.
Summary:College closers have become all the rage lately, with some getting drafted early every year. Stewart could be in that group in 2008. The Texas Tech reliever relies on a plus fastball and slider and commands both power offerings well. He's got the kind of makeup you want in a short reliever, a guy who is very aggressive and goes right after hitters. The stuff plus the mentality could push Stewart into early-round consideration.