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Texas HS Pitcher Taken 4th in MLB Draft



    A pitcher from the Houston area was the first high school player selected in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday.

    Kohl Stewart, of Tomball, is a two-sport athlete out of Houston's St. Pius X High School and was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Twins.

    Stewart is a 6-foot-3 right-hander and also has a scholarship to play both football and baseball at Texas A&M, where he would be a backup to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

    "I think either way, they're behind me," Stewart said on MLB Network. "I think throwing a football helped my arm. I think my arm's a lot more durable because of football. ... I'm looking forward to being able to compete and work on baseball year-round. I'm really excited to see how that all works out."

    While Stewart hasn't said he'll skip college, his father is quoted in the Houston Chronicle saying a decision has been made and that his son is headed to the majors.

    As a high school senior, Stewart threw for 2,560 yards and 28 touchdowns, the Associated Press reported.