14u WWBA Scout Notes: Day 5
All Sal Stewart (2022, Miami, Fla.) has done this tournament is find the barrel and impact the baseball, something that didn’t change during Monday’s contest. He’s strongly built at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and utilizes that strength very well through his swing, staying balanced and direct while being on time with his load on nearly every swing. After a hard line out to the third baseman, Stewart again found a pitch he could handle and this time found some green in the outfield, one hopping the left-center fence for a standup double, his fourth of the tournament. He also got the start on the mound and showed his athleticism, varying his looks and tempo while running his fastball up to 81 mph and mixed his curveball for strikes at will, amassing 14 punchouts.
You are not going to find many 14 year old’s as physical as US Elite’s Sal Stewart (2022, Miami, Fla.). Standing at a believable 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and likely even more physical than that, Stewart made a loud presence at the plate early on in his team’s 5-3 victory. There is outstanding strength to Stewart’s frame and he uses well into his swing combining that strength with pure bat speed. Going deep to center field in his second at-bat of the day, Stewart drove a ball deep for a double making loud contact with the baseball and squaring it up nicely with natural lift and leverage at the point of contact. Not to mention Stewart started on the mound in this contest pitching six strong innings and striking out 14 batters while also running his fastball up to 81 mph.