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Royce Lewis

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Royce Lewis

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Biographical Information[edit]

Royce Lewis was the first overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, selected by the Minnesota Twins out of Junipero Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. His selection was a bit of a surprise, because while he as considered to be a top-ten talent, other names had been mentioned more often as the most likely first selection. While he played shortstop as a senior, he had played third base and outfield in previous years and was considered to have the tools to play centerfield as well. He was described as a very athletic player with excellent batting and fielding skills who was expected to develop power in future years. It was rumored that the Twins had struck a pre-draft deal to sign Lewis to a contract somewhat below slot value, after having backed off from another potential top choice, University of Louisville P/1B Brendan McKay, because of what were characterized as excessive financial demands. On June 17th, the Twins signed Lewis to a contract including a signing bonus of $6,275 million.

Lewis was assigned to the GCL Twins to begin his career. He began it with a bang as he connected for a home run in his first career plate appearance on June 26th. He had a very solid initial season between the Gulf Coast League and the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League, hitting .279/.381/.407 in 54 games, with 54 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He also stole 18 bases in 21 attempts.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Rhett Bollinger: "Twins pick 'elite athlete' Lewis No. 1 overall", mlb.com, June 12, 2017. [1]
  • Rhett Bollinger: "'Patient' Lewis wise beyond his years: Twins' top prospect slashed .279/.381/.407 in Minors as 18-year-old", mlb.com, January 21, 2018. [2]

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