Kyle Lewis

Kyle Lewis

28-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The knock on Lewis has always been his health, and he once again struggled with that in 2022 appearing in just 60 games between Triple-A and the majors before Seattle decided to trade him to Arizona over the winter for Cooper Hummel. It was not like Seattle did not give Lewis every chance to claim a job, but his body simply never did. He has always had the raw tools to be an exciting player and we virtually saw that come to play in his 2020 ROY campaign, but have since been left looking back rather than forward. He has amassed a full season of stats across four years and has hit .244/.329/.432 over nearly 530 plate appearances with 25 homers through all the aches and pains. If Arizona could somehow help him avoid injuries, Lewis presents strong upside late in drafts because of what he could become but have a solid backup plan on your bench if 2023 becomes another installment of life on the IL. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#568
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2023. Released by the Diamondbacks in November of 2023.
Non-tendered by Arizona
DHFree Agent  
November 17, 2023
Lewis became a free agent after being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Lewis won American League Rookie of the Year honors with the Mariners in 2020, but he's slashed just .150/.216/.280 over 116 major-league plate appearances since the beginning of the 2022 campaign. The 28-year-old played in only 16 games with the NL champions in 2023.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+107%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .582 79 8 2 5 1 .224 .253 .329
Since 2021vs Right .641 184 15 7 13 1 .193 .293 .348
2023vs Left .599 29 2 1 2 0 .214 .241 .357
2023vs Right .290 25 0 0 0 0 .087 .160 .130
2022vs Left .400 15 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2022vs Right .576 47 5 3 5 0 .122 .234 .341
2021vs Left .649 35 5 1 3 1 .242 .286 .364
2021vs Right .750 112 10 4 8 1 .247 .348 .402
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .640 125 13 4 11 1 .209 .304 .336
Since 2021Away .607 138 10 5 7 1 .197 .261 .346
2023Home .462 13 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .231
2023Away .458 41 2 1 2 0 .132 .195 .263
2022Home .653 38 4 2 4 0 .182 .289 .364
2022Away .342 24 2 1 1 0 .087 .125 .217
2021Home .668 74 9 2 7 1 .219 .324 .344
2021Away .782 73 6 3 4 1 .273 .342 .439
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Lewis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
5.6%
 
K Rate
38.9%
 
BABIP
.241
 
ISO
.098
 
AVG
.157
 
OBP
.204
 
SLG
.255
 
OPS
.459
 
wOBA
.207
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.7%
 
Expected BA
.182
 
Expected SLG
.265
 
Sprint Speed
22.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
33.3%
 
Line Drive %
16.7%
 
Fly Ball %
50.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lewis did not have a good follow-up to his AL Rookie of the Year campaign from 2020 as he made it just 36 games into 2021 before a meniscus tear ended his season. At the time, he was making better contact than he had as a rookie and still earning his walks, but Lewis was struggling to match his overall hitting performance from the previous season. Given his injury history, particularly with his legs, he could see time as the DH should the club decide not to sign someone full-time for the role and instead use it as a rotating day off for the other position players. He's not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and it's unclear exactly how much time he'll miss to open the campaign. Lewis has as much upside as anyone on this club, but he has always struggled to stay on the field over the course of a full season. He is reserve-round material in mixed formats until further notice.
Lewis came out of the gate red hot, peaking at .368/.456/.585 a month into the season. He posted a .150/.265/.280 slash the final month but hung on to take home AL Rookie of the Year honors. The primary difference between the two halves was contact as Lewis fanned at a 22.4% clip early and 36.8% pace late, though it's encouraging he maintained a 14% walk rate throughout both stretches. While natural skills growth could soften the blow, Lewis' 40th percentile average exit velocity and 30th percentile hard-hit rate do not support his 2020 marks of a .341 BABIP and 22.0% HR/FB. After slugging 17 homers in his first 317 PA, Lewis appears to be on a 30-homer-per-season track and he may settle there. To do so, he'll need to be more consistent with his contact and hit the ball with more authority. The tools are there, and the early market considers it a foregone conclusion, but it's not.
Lewis did his best Austin Riley/Aristides Aquino impression after getting the call Sept. 9, launching six homers in his first 10 big-league games. And like those aforementioned names, Lewis then hit the skids, though over a much smaller sample. In total, Lewis was 27% better than league average during his run in September, but he had a strikeout rate pushing 40% and a walk rate of just 4%. His walk rate was much better at Double-A -- in the double digits -- but his K-rate was still close to 30% against Double-A arms. This level of swing and miss should give you pause. Lewis has squeezed a lot out of his limited contact in recent years, not just during his time with the big club, but there's basically no floor to stand on here. The good thing is that in the range where Lewis will be going in 2020 redraft leagues, floor isn't all that important. Look for Lewis to compete for a starting role in camp.
A variety of factors converged for Lewis’ 2017 to be pretty underwhelming, as he joined the other top outfielders from the 2016 draft (Mickey Moniak, Corey Ray, Blake Rutherford) who saw their dynasty-league stock take a significant hit. He returned from ACL reconstruction surgery in mid June, but missed time at several points in the season with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, and when he played, he clearly didn’t have the same explosiveness in his lower half. Lewis was also sent straight to High-A after never playing above short-season ball, so the aggressive jump in competition didn’t help matters. It could simply be chalked up as a lost season, but a 22-year-old hitter with barely any full-season success on his resume is a tough sell in shallower leagues. Plus-plus raw power remains, but he faces an uphill battle to renew the promise of a future middle-of-the-order right fielder. He tweaked his knee again and was sent home from the Arizona Fall League, so health concerns persist.
The Mariners selected Lewis, the college hitter with the most realistic in-game power in the class, with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He got off to a great start to his career before everything came to a screeching halt in late July. He required ACL reconstruction surgery after suffering a horrific right knee injury that also included tears to his medial and lateral meniscus during a slide in a game for short-season Everett. In the 20 games before the injury, Lewis hit .364 with a 1.114 OPS and was likely on the verge of a promotion to Low-A Clinton. His offseason recovery is on track, and he is expected to be back to full strength in July or August of this season. There will be some rust to knock off, and he may have less than two months of minor league game action waiting for him when he returns, so 2017 could amount to a lost season. However, the upside of a cleanup-hitting outfielder with an all-fields approach remains, and dynasty league owners would be wise to take the long view.
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Returns to Reno
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 21, 2023
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Two hits in win
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 17, 2023
Lewis started at designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-7 win over Colorado.
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Recalled from Triple-A
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 14, 2023
Lewis was recalled Monday from Triple-A Reno, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Optioned to Reno
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 3, 2023
Arizona optioned Lewis to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
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Recalled to Arizona
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
July 31, 2023
The Diamondbacks recalled Lewis from Triple-A Reno on Monday.
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