Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Baseball Essential and was written by Brendan Smith.
Just two weeks ahead of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, a top prospect has shocked the baseball world. Carter Stewart, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the eighth overall pick last June but didn’t sign, has agreed to a deal with a Japanese professional team, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Stewart possessed arguably the best curveball in the 2018 draft and saw his velocity spike to the mid-90s in his senior season, raising his draft stock from the summer. A commitment to Mississippi State was not enough to scare scouts away, and the Atlanta Braves chose Stewart with their first-round pick.
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