1- Royce Lewis SS
The Minnesota Twins used the number one overall pick to take high school shortstop Royce Lewis in the 2017 MLB draft. Although the Twins already have a bevy of talented middle-infield prospects, the allure of Lewis was too much to pass up.
Lewis has all the makings of a future superstar in Major League Baseball. He has plus speed that he uses well on both side of the ball and shows advanced plate discipline already at this stage of his career. Lewis has barely even got his feet wet in the Minors, but it already looks like Minnesota has struck gold.
Lewis slashed .271/.381/.407 while splitting time between the Twins Rookie League team and Single-A Cedar Rapids during the ’17 season. What stands out the most about his statistics are his low strikeout numbers.
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In this day and age of strikeouts and home runs, Lewis is a bit of a throwback. He profiles to have elite pitch recognition and should keep his strikeouts within a reasonable range. He struck out only 33 times, while drawing 25 walks in 239 plate appearances across 54 games played.
What the future holds for Lewis
Lewis is the number 20 ranked prospect in Major League Baseball and his potential is through the roof. He projects to be a better than average Major Leaguer and will be a game changer for the Minnesota Twins.
Lewis does everything well on the baseball diamond and will only get better from here. However, there is some question about whether he will stick at shortstop for the future. He has all of the tools to succeed at shortstop for the long-term, but Minnesota has a glut of prospects who play the same position.
Regardless of where Lewis plays on the field, his impact will be felt. He will be a stolen base threat and will add power as he matures. The future is bright for the Minnesota Twins and Lewis is leading the charge.
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