Rowell had a very promising debut as a 17 y/o in Aberdeen and then hit decently as an 18 y/o in Delmarva. Wasn't until Frederick that he stalled. So he at least flashed the skills that got him drafted so high.
In terms of overall prospect failure, he's definitely near the top over the past 15+ years, but he isn't a pick that makes me question the process that went into drafting him. Chris Smith and Matt Hobgood are picks that make me question the competence of not just the guys that scouted them, but the scouting directors who decided that reaching for these players was a smart idea. And Stewart is rapidly approaching that sort of status.
You guys are right that Stewart's lower draft position makes him less of a relative bust (if he ends up becoming one). It's very much a crapshoot even at the top of the draft, but most guys drafted in the later part of the 1st round never make it so it's not a major loss. I just have a tough time with the rationale that went into drafting him if he never even flashes the skills and talent that you'd expect to see from someone drafted that early.
I buy into the lower draft status more. I expect a top 10 pick to make good, or at least there's some consensus on a player being chosen that high. Hobgood wasn't. Rowell was. You're right, Rowell did flash some prowess but flamed out. That kid seemed more immature than anything.
I don't expect anything from the Orioles drafts, honestly. I mean we picked Machado and Machado is just SO GOOD that not even this organization could fuck him up. But I just don't get my hopes up anymore until I have a reason to think otherwise.
So DJ Stewart was kind of whatever in my eyes. That said, I don't understand why anyone changes what made him successful at the college level. Yeah, the stance is jacked up but he must have liked it for some reason. Let him try it his way first to see if it works for him. If it does, great. If not, then start trying to make some changes.
I'm not saying this is going to be the hitting equivalent of Jake Arrieta but it's the same type of approach that didn't allow him to succeed here but made him successful in Chicago.
Oh well, whatever. Another pick down the tubes.