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Kyle Lewis

#1 | LF/DH/DH
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Kyle Lewis
Name: Kyle Alexander Lewis
Born: Jul 13, 1995 in Snellville, GA
College: Mercer
High School: Mercer
High School: Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) by the Seattle Mariners in 2016 (signed for $3,286,700)
In 2013, Georgia area scouts saw Lewis as a first baseman at Shiloh High. He had some power but his bat was raw. Undrafted that year, Kyle Lewis elected to attend Mercer, where he has blossomed into a top-of-the-draft talent. Lewis was more of a role player for the Bears as a freshman, but his stock soared as a sophomore, when he swatted 17 home runs and batted .367. Lewis went to the Cape Cod League for the summer and cemented himself as a first-rounder, showing power, arm strength and athleticism. Lewis is a righthanded hitter with plus-plus raw power. He has some swing-and-miss to his game, and his swing plane can be somewhat steep, but he's developed a reputation for destroying mistake pitches and working at-bats until he gets the pitch he's looking for. Lewis plays center field at Mercer and is likely to begin his pro career in center, but most feel that his tools will play better in right field. Lewis posts below-average run times to first base, reaching the bag between 4.3 and 4.6 seconds regularly, but his speed is better under way and some scouts like his defensive instincts. Should he have to move away from center, Lewis should fit well in right due to his excellent arm, which scouts have graded above-average to plus. There is some concern among evaluators about how Lewis' success in the mid-major Southern Conference will carry over to pro ball, though his strong performance in the Cape Cod League has mostly muted those concerns.
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