Royce Lewis
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lewis floundered in his age-19/20 season at High-A (97 wRC+) and Double-A (88 wRC+), but was the best position player in the Arizona Fall League, slashing .353/.411/.565 with three home runs and five steals in 22 games while playing all over the diamond. He missed most of spring training with an oblique injury, which contributed to his early struggles in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. There are moving parts in his swing, which features a big leg kick, and when that timing mechanism is off, he struggles. However, he was in complete control at the plate in the AFL, using plus-plus bat speed to make hard contact to all fields. Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Lewis may be a bit leaner than that -- he is a quick-twitch athlete with 70-grade speed. In addition to finishing the season strong, Lewis' pedigree (No. 1 overall pick in 2017), tools and 80-grade makeup warrant a mulligan on his 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Twins in June of 2017 that includes a $6.72 million signing bonus.
Moving to Double-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
July 27, 2019
Lewis was promoted to Double-A Pensacola on Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Lewis had an uninspiring .238/.289/.376 slash line with 10 homers in 94 games with High-A Fort Myers, but he's looked much better over the last 22 games with an .831 OPS and five home runs in 101 plate appearances. The Twins' top prospect will look to carry over his recent success for the tail end of the season with the Blue Wahoos.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The best prospect in baseball who projects to steal 20-plus bases annually in the majors is essentially a coin flip between Lewis and Victor Robles. In addition to his plus wheels, Lewis has excellent contact skills (15.7% strikeout rate across stops at Low-A and High-A) and upped his walk rate from 7.3% to 9.1% after a promotion from the Midwest League to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Elite bat speed is not only the key to his innate bat-to-ball ability, but also the reason he projects to be a 25-homer bat down the road. He won't turn 20 until June 5 and already has 15 homers in 139 career games against full-season pitching. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, he will be able to add good weight without compromising his speed on the bases. It is unclear if he will end up somewhere on the dirt or in center field, but the bat will play anywhere and his speed gives him the upside of a future first-round fantasy pick.
It doesn’t always work out this way, but the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft also happens to be the top prospect from that class for dynasty leagues. While evaluators question his defense at shortstop (some expect him to eventually move to center field), Lewis is oozing with tools on the offensive side of the ball. He is at least a plus-plus runner from the right side and might have the quickest bat in his class, hinting at plus raw power down the road. That bat speed led to impressive contact rates in his pro debut, and despite turning 18 just before the draft, he is already able to get to his power in games. Lewis made quick work of the Gulf Coast League and was 17 percent better than league average (117 wRC+) in an 18-game run as one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. Lewis doesn’t have quite the same body as Mookie Betts (Lewis is five inches taller), but his offensive production could wind up being very similar to what Betts provides.
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Back at High-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
April 4, 2019
Lewis will open the year back with High-A Fort Myers, Jonathan Mayo of reports.
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Makes spring debut
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
March 13, 2019
Lewis (oblique) appeared in Wednesday's minor-league spring game and hit a linedrive double in his first at-bat, Seth Stohs of reports.
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Assigned to minor-league camp
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
March 10, 2019
The Twins assigned Lewis (oblique) to minor-league camp Sunday, Brandon Warne of reports.
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Resumes batting practice
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
March 9, 2019
Lewis (oblique) took batting practice Saturday, noting afterward that he felt no lingering soreness, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Starts taking infield
SSMinnesota Twins  AA
March 8, 2019
Lewis (oblique) has started to take balls in the infield, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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