Positive Scenarios for Royce Lewis and the Minnesota Twins
2022 Royce Lewis Scenario Best Case Scenario: Lewis becomes the man at short
In an ideal world, Royce Lewis comes into spring training and takes the ultimate step forward and cements himself as the starting shortstop. His tools all come together and he looks like a Rookie of the Year by year’s end.
The initial purpose of the Minnesota Twins signing Andrelton Simmons last year was to give another developmental year for Royce to sharpen up. It takes a little while longer due to injury, but in this best case scenario, he succeeds.
This would be a giant leap, but this is the best case. In what looks to be a retooling year of sorts, especially with the rotation up in the air, this would be a great thing to have the team solidify before 2023.
2022 Royce Lewis Scenario Probable Scenario: A late season call-up offers hope
In our most likely situation, Royce Lewis probably begins the year in Triple-AAA St. Paul after Spring Training. The team gives him a good look at what he can do at shortstop, sprinkling in some outfield work for versatility.
If he develops as hoped, the Minnesota Twins call him up in September. He has an overall good year and the solid season sets him up for the an MLB roster spot in 2023 in some capacity, likely as a starter.