Royce Lewis Minnesota Twins

Age: 21 (June 05, 1999) | 6' 2" | 200lbs. | Bats: Right Minors: 2b-1 3b-1 ss-113 of-1 cf-1 dh-12
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIN A 2018 75 295 50 93 24 49 23 0 9 53 22 4 .315 .368 .485 7 15 .349 n/a
MIN A+ 2018 46 188 33 48 19 35 6 3 5 21 6 4 .255 .327 .399 9 17 .291 n/a
MIN A+ 2019 94 383 55 91 27 90 17 3 10 35 16 8 .238 .289 .376 6 22 .281 n/a
MIN AA 2019 33 134 18 31 11 33 9 1 2 14 6 2 .231 .291 .358 7 22 .287 n/a
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Tooners didn't take Royce Lewis, a blue chip but young prospect of no value this year. They took Kyle Lewis, who already has two homers. They like the bird in hand.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jul 28 '20

My second biggest regret yesterday: not taking this guy in Round 14.

Instead of Willians Astudillo!

To be honest, I had completely lost track of Royce Lewis. I imagine a lot of people did. Four picks later the Tooners claimed him.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 28 '20

He's move ahead of Alex Kirilloff at Baseball America...

PLAYER REPORTS

  1. 1. Royce Lewis | SS
    Royce Lewis
    Born: Jun 5, 1999 
    Bats: R Throws: R 
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200 
    Drafted: HS--San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 2017 (1st round). 
    Signed By: John Leavitt. 

    BA Grade: 65. Risk: Very High 
    Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    Track Record: After a decorated high school career at JSerra and multiple successful stints with Team USA, Lewis was the first overall pick in 2017 and signed for $6.725 million that was both a club record and a full $1 million under slot. He showed enough promise in his pro debut that the Twins skipped him over the Rookie-level Appalachian League and instead promoted him to low Class A Cedar Rapids for 18 games to finish the year after he had Gulf Coast League. Lewis ranked as the No. 1 prospect in both the Midwest and Florida State leagues in 2018, his first full season, but holes started showing up in his game at high Class A. His day-to-day performance in 2019, when he returned to the FSL, was equal parts baffling and brilliant, but he showed the top tier of his talent after the Futures Game and again in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the league’s MVP award s for both the Fall Stars Game and the entire season.

    Scouting Report: Lewis’ future is going to come down to how well he can hit. Loud mechanics at the plate—a high leg kick, hand hitch and deep weight transfer—open plenty of holes for pitchers to exploit. As a result, Lewis sputtered when he returned to the FSL, where he struck out 22 percent of the time and a 14.5-percent line drive rate. His hard contact is among the loudest in the game—it just doesn’t come often enough. Lewis’ hands work well, he has plenty of bat speed and he has some adaptability to his swing, but his timing is often off. That leads many to expect he’ll eventually have to tone down his leg kick. His plus power has gotten more and more impressive. He now draws comparisons with a young George Springer as a plus athlete with power and hit-tool questions. Defensively, Lewis is an explosive athlete who can stick at shortstop because of lateral range, first-step quickness and a strong arm. He struggles with his throws at times when he has time to think and get mechanical, though the same issue isn’t there on bang-bang plays. The Twins exposed Lewis to other positions—including second base, third base and center field—in the waning days of the season and in the AFL. He had to play multiple positions in the AFL because there wasn’t a pure shortstop slot available. He showed the speed and instincts to play center field—including one highlight-reel play—in the AFL and fared well at the other spots around the infield. His eventual home will partly depend on the Twins’ needs. He can handle shortstop, but he has plus potential at multiple other spots.

    The Future: Lewis faces a likely return to Double-A Pensacola to start 2020. There, he will work to continue smoothing out his hitting mechanics in order to achieve his extraordinarily high ceiling. Minnesota didn’t have a viable injury replacement for Byron Buxton in 2019. Lewis might be the club’s best fill-in option in center field or at multiple infield spots by late 2020.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 20 '19