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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Sad news coming from the Twins camp today. 

"Twins SS prospect Royce Lewis has been diagnosed with an ACL tear in his right knee.

Lewis complained of knee discomfort during his intake physical and an MRI revealed the tear, Twins president Derek Falvey revealed to the media on Wednesday morning in camp. The 21-year-old top shortstop prospect is scheduled to fly back to the Twin Cities to undergo reconstructive surgery on Friday and will likely be sidelined for the next 9-12 months -- so all of the 2021 season."

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Feb 24

We're two days past the solstice and BP has rolled out its top 10 prospects on the Twins. If you're a Twins fan, or just a baseball fan, it doesn't get any better.

  • 1.
  • Royce Lewis
  • SS
  • Born: 1999-06-05
  • B: Right
  • T: Right
  • H: 6′ 2″
  • W: 200 lbs.
  • Drafted 1st overall in the 2017 draft, JSerra Catholic HS (San Juan Capistrano, CA); signed for $6.725 million.


The Report: We’ve written as extensively on Lewis as any other prospect over the past few years. We’ll start with the good stuff: Lewis has lightning-quick hands and generates a whole lot of bat speed with them. At times, with his best swings, we’ve projected him as a plus hitter. He projects for above-average-to-plus power. He has the defensive chops to play nearly anywhere on the diamond—short, second, third, center, you name it. And he runs very well too. There’s true five-tool potential here.

There’s also a level of hit tool variance which is nearly unprecedented for a former No. 1 overall pick who has already reached Double-A and is still a great prospect. Lewis gets seriously out of sync between his upper and lower halves, with a ton of moving parts, and his swing is inconsistent at best and kind of a disaster at worst. I’d encourage you to read Keanan Lamb’s mid-2019 feature on Lewis for a deeper dive on all this; all of it remains true as of today, to the best of our knowledge.

Development Track: There’s obviously an outcome where everything comes together in a flash for Lewis and he’s a star with an average-or-better hit tool—we have people on staff who believe in that outcome—but our confidence in that solution is no higher than last year, and time is not an ally here. Lewis wasn’t called up from the alternate site, which you can read a few ways. He didn’t have to be added to the 40-man this offseason, so there were reasons within the context of roster construction not to call him up. But at the same time, if he hadgotten everything together, he probably would’ve pushed his way to the MLB roster, right? Jeffers did, and Kirilloff did, even if just for the playoffs. In the 2020 video we saw, the swing issues Lewis has been battling for the past couple years didn’t exactly look like they’d gone away. 

OFP: 70 / All-Star Swiss Army knife, still

Variance: Extreme. Somehow it got higher here? —Jarrett Seidler

Major league ETA: Late-2021 or early-2022

J.P. Breen’s Fantasy Take: Lewis is a tough dynasty prospect to value. On one hand, he has five-category upside, if it all comes together. He’s easily a top-two-round talent in that case. On the other hand, if the swing issues don’t improve, we’re talking about a low-average super utility player who would derive most of his fantasy value from stolen bases and volume—though volume would be tough to come by if he’s hitting .230 with a sub-.300 OBP. Here’s the main dynasty problem: Lewis’s value (currently our 15th-ranked dynasty prospect) reflects his upside, not the likelihood that he ever reaches that upside. He’s basically impossible to acquire, and it’d be foolish to pay the going rate, given his extreme volatility. If you’re already rostering him, you’ll probably have to hold him. If you don’t have him, you won’t like the asking price.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 23 '20