This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This is my third analysis of rookie performances in the shortened MLB "sprint" season.
This week, I will feature American League rookie hitters. The next article will include American League rookie pitchers.
While football dominates fantasy now, it is never too early to plan for the next fantasy baseball season. I hope these scouting opinions help.
Kyle Lewis, CF, Mariners (Rookie Of The Year candidate)
Kyle Lewis is an outstanding athlete. At 6-foot-4, 205, Lewis once had dynamic speed to steal bases in bunches. Some of that speed has been reduced due to very serious knee issues he faced in his development program. In fact, he left the 2017 Arizona Fall League due to that injury.
Lewis was the Mariners' first-round pick out of Mercer University in 2016.
I really believe Lewis has 30-homer potential, and maybe even more. A right-handed hitter, Lewis does have a bit of a hitch in his swing that can cause him some hiccups with breaking balls, where timing is everything.
As with most power hitters, Lewis will strike out more than we'd like. But he'll also barrel the ball to his pull side and get his share of gap doubles, and perhaps some triples as well. He will be the focal point of the Mariners offense for years to come.
Next year: Lewis will be highly prized in fantasy leagues. On a team that