Royce Lewis
19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Twins in June of 2017 that includes a $6.72 million signing bonus.
Back at High-A
SSMinnesota Twins  A+
April 4, 2019
Lewis will open the year back with High-A Fort Myers, Jonathan Mayo of reports.
The Twins' top prospect and one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Lewis hit .255/.327/.399 (good for a 110 wRC+) with five home runs and six steals in 46 games at High-A last year. We should expect him to dominate in a return trip to the Florida State League before receiving a promotion to Double-A in the first half.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Makes spring debut
SSMinnesota Twins  A+
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  A+
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  A+
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  A+
March 8, 2019
Lewis (oblique) has started to take balls in the infield, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Out with oblique injury
SSMinnesota Twins  A+
February 23, 2019
Lewis was not available for Saturday's spring training game due to a mild oblique strain, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We're going to be conservative, as you would probably guess," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said, "Take our time with that. That's something we're going to work through and we're not overly concerned as we sit here right now. It is something to take note of as we go forward."
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