2019 Level: A-
Tools (current/future value)
Game Power: 40/50
Raw Power: 50/60
Most Likely Future Role: Backup corner outfielder
Ceiling: Starting left fielder
What we know: Toolsey outfielder selected by the Orioles as a 2nd round compensation pick out of Stanford, Stowers struggled a bit in his pro debut mainly due to a long swing and aggressive approach. With good hands speed and above average raw power though, he brings enough tools to make him a project worth taking on. He showed power to all fields, but his upper cut long swing was taken advantage of by NY-Penn League pitchers where he struggled mightily against breaking balls and offspeed. Defensively he’s better suited for left field where his slightly below average arm will play better.
What we don’t know: A lot right now. Can the Orioles development staff be able to tap into the tools? Will he be willing to make adjustments and can they help him pick up spin or at least have a better plan at the plate?
What we think: This is an early, almost preliminary ranking because you can’t take too much out of that first half season after getting drafted. Stowers has the tools, particular raw power tool that if it comes together, he has an everyday outfielder ceiling, but he has a lot of work to do. Stowers will start 2020 at Delmarva and next season will give us a better indication of his true potential.
Another Take: Stowers has a prototypical corner outfielder toolset with the main question of whether he’ll make enough contact. He has an aggressive swing that leaves him susceptible to quality offspeed stuff. He’s a better defender/athlete than he showed in his pro debut and has a chance to be a fringe centerfield defender the Orioles decide to go that route. He looked worn down in Aberdeen after a long college season including a postseason run. Stowers receives high marks for his make-up. The hope is he hones his approach in a way that allows his above average left-handed raw power play. (Luke Siler)