Minnesota Twins: 5 Possible Scenarios for Royce Lewis in 2022
By Billy Porter
Neutral Scenarios for Royce Lewis and the Minnesota Twins
2022 Royce Lewis Scenario In-Between Scenario: The glove leads to a positional move
In this scenario, Lewis has a solid year at the plate, but the Minnesota Twins decide to move him to another position (especially with Austin Martin around). He likely heads to the outfield, where his speed would be utilized and his athleticism makes this a fairly easy transition.
A super utility role, similar to Chris Taylor and Ben Zobrist could also be in future given his defensive versatility. In any case, the Twins hit the pause button on him and let him develop for a full season in the minors to adjust and shake off rust from his injury. At 22, he still has the time for a development year.
2022 Royce Lewis Surprise Scenario: Lewis gets shipped elsewhere
We can’t break down Lewis scenarios without asking the question: Could he be traded? If Lewis’s development stalls or if the Minnesota Twins add a long-term shortstop, he could perhaps be offered in a midseason trade. With Austin Martin in the fold as a similar player, this could afford the Twins the possibility of looking to upgrade another position.
This seems the unlikely, especially with the fact that Lewis’ current value would be at an all-time low, but you have to give something to get something. If a blockbuster deal were to happen, Lewis seems like the something to give.
Negative Scenarios for Royce Lewis and the Minnesota Twins
2022 Royce Lewis Worst Case Scenario: Lewis starts down the bust path.
There’s always the danger that Lewis doesn’t live up to his lofty potential. He could quickly prove that he’s not able to adjust his swing to the upper levels of professional baseball and his defense doesn’t stabilize.
His fielding percentage and batting average numbers continue to slip like they did in 2019 and the his road to the MLB is a bit longer and cloudy, leaving an everyday position (and job) a mystery. This scenario leaves a number of questions about the young man going forward.
What do you think about the possible situations for Royce Lewis this year? Which one do you think is the most likely?