Future Watch: Royce Lewis Rookie Baseball Cards, Twins – Royce Lewis was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. This guy is so talented that he can play shortstop or outfield. Which did he choose?
In 2017, he played for the GCL Twins in Rookie ball. During that time, he hit six doubles, two triples, three home runs and knocked in 17. He stole 15 bases and hit .271. His .390 on-base percentage was worth noting as well. He finished with Cedar Rapids and drove in 10 in just 18 games while hitting .296.
He started in A-ball in 2018. While playing for Cedar Rapids again, he hit nine homers, had 53 RBI, 23 doubles, 22 steals, and a .315 batting average. That got him a promotion. He finished with the Fort Myers Miracle where in 46 games he hit six doubles, five homers with 21 RBI and a .255 batting average. Up to this point, he was a straight shortstop.
Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Bowman Chrome.
According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:
A premium athlete, Lewis has impressive tools across the board combined with instincts and makeup that allow them all to play up consistently. He consistently makes hard contact with an advanced approach at the plate, drawing walks while not striking out a ton. He can drive the ball to all fields and his over-the-fence power started showing up, with more to come. His speed should allow him to continue to be a serious base-stealing threat. He had a very positive year at shortstop defensively, showing a ton of improvement. There’s still room for him to improve the consistency of his throws, but the Twins think he could be an above-average defender when all is said and done. ETA 2020.
Here’s a look at him during game action:
Future Watch: Royce Lewis Rookie Baseball Cards, Twins – Stats
|2017||18||2 Teams||2 Lgs||Rk-A||MIN||54||239||204||54||57||8||3||4||27||18||3||25||33||.279||.381||.407||.788||83||3||9||0||1||0|
|2018||19||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-A+||MIN||121||535||483||83||141||29||3||14||74||28||8||43||84||.292||.352||.451||.803||218||8||4||1||4||1|
|2019||20||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||MIN||127||566||517||73||122||26||4||12||49||22||10||38||123||.236||.290||.371||.661||192||5||4||0||7||1|
|All Levels (3 Seasons)||302||1340||1204||210||320||63||10||30||150||68||21||106||240||.266||.331||.409||.740||493||16||17||1||12||2|
|A+ (2 seasons)||Minors||140||626||571||88||139||23||6||15||56||22||12||46||125||.243||.302||.384||.685||219||10||4||0||5||1|
|A (2 seasons)||Minors||93||407||366||66||114||25||1||10||63||25||5||30||65||.311||.367||.467||.834||171||4||5||1||5||1|
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