Stewart excited to sign with Rangers
Right-handed pitcher Jordan Stewart is one of the newest members of the Rangers organization.
Stewart, a fifth-year senior from Avila University in Kansas City, was signed by the Rangers after completing his final collegiate season. Teams are able to sign fifth-year seniors to free agent contracts as long as their team's season ends before the May 30 deadline.
A native of San Luis Obispo, California, Stewart's road to the professional ranks was not an easy one.
"I redshirted at Cuesta College in my hometown of San Luis Obispo," said Stewart. "Then I went to Santa Barbara City College and played one year."
The story of how the Californian ended up at a small NAIA school in Missouri is an interesting one.
"I just got lucky," said Stewart of ending up at Avila. "I was out of baseball for awhile after having surgery on my ankle. I got a shot after one of my old roommates that was in Kansas City called me up."
Though he has officially become a professional baseball player, Stewart had never thought much about playing in the minor leagues.
"I didn't really think about going to the next level," explained Stewart. "I was just happy to be playing and getting my education. Luckily this is what happened."
The 6-foot-1 reliever was one of the premier closers in all of NAIA baseball, finishing his three-year career with a 2.34 ERA and 29 saves. Playing for the Santa Maria Indians in the California Collegiate League last summer, the righty had a 4.05 ERA and led the team with five saves. He held opposing hitters to a .233 average.
A sidearmer, Stewart works with a three-pitch repertoire.
"I throw a sinking fastball, a slider, and a changeup," said Stewart. "My best pitch is my fastball. It typically runs between 88 to 91 miles per hour."
While Stewart was playing his senior season with the Eagles, he was unaware that the Rangers were targeting him.
"I had no idea," said Stewart. "They just came out of the blue and they were there throughout the whole process."
Stewart says that he was also pursued by the Marlins, Phillies, and Indians.
After arriving at the club's spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, on May 30, Stewart says he must work before joining one of the organization's minor league clubs.
"I'll probably stay down here in Surprise for awhile," he said. "I have to get back in shape because I took about two weeks off after my college season."
Subscribe to LoneStarDugout.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on LoneStarDugout.com, Scout™ Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites, and Player Pages, detailing the progress and careers of players from high school, the minors, and the pro ranks.
Sample the LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at $79.95.
FutureRangers.com Recommended Stories
2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
We're at the halfway mark of the NFL season, so here's our first crack at a mock draft. Hey, Oakland Raiders, you're on the clock!Read More
Updated 2017 Top 50
In early July, Scout.com introduced a 2017 top 15. After spending time watching sophomores during the July evaluation periods and in the fall, it's time to extend that list to a top 50. DeAndre Ayton,…Read More
Fish Backwaters to Beat Tough Fall River Bite
If you're having a tough time catching bass this fall on your favorite river, you might want to read this tutorial from Bassmaster Pro Stephen Browning. Browning has won a lot of money fishing rivers…Read More
Mad’s World: Giants Ride Bumgarner To Title
It's a rare series when a starting pitcher truly has the biggest influence of any player on the field. But in the 2014 World Series, San Francisco Giants' left-hander Madison Bumgarner clearly was the…Read More
How the CFB Playoff Will Look in December
With the first rankings released, we project the rest of the season and predict the final four...Read More