Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis

23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 5/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Entering last season, there were some who doubted Lewis's abilities, in addition to the uncertainty surrounding his recovery from a torn right ACL. He did everything in his power at Triple-A (149 wRC+) and the majors (146 wRC+) to prove that his tools are every bit as impressive as those highest on him believed them to be. Unfortunately, he tore the same ACL right as he was settling in as an impactful fantasy and real-life player at the highest level in late May. Prior to his injury, Lewis was hitting the ball with authority (94th percentile max exit velocity) while striking out at a 19.1% clip across both stops. He also went 12-for-14 on stolen-base attempts through 46 games. His elite intangibles are part of what allowed him to come back so impressively from the first ACL tear, so there's no doubt he will do everything in his power to come back strong in the first half of 2023. The risk of Lewis re-injuring that same knee at some point is the biggest knock on him in redraft and dynasty leagues. If he can fully move past the right knee issues, he should be a five-category shortstop (slight downgrade in OBP leagues). Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $6.72 million contract with the Twins in June of 2017.
Progressing well from ACL tear
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
August 8, 2022
Lewis was cleared to resume walking without the aid of crutches July 12, three weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though he's still in the early stage of his rehab program, Lewis already appears to be progressing at a faster rate than he did in February 2021, when he first tore the ACL of the same knee. After getting surgery last February, Lewis didn't start walking until five and a half weeks later. Lewis ultimately received a clean bill of health ahead of spring training, but due to the timing of his latest surgery and its estimated 10-to-12-month recovery timeline, he's likely to spent at least the first few weeks of the 2023 campaign on the injured list. While the pair of knee surgeries are troubling for a player like Lewis who is speed-oriented, he has youth working in his favor and shouldn't be sidelined for a large chunk of the upcoming season if he manages to steer clear of any setbacks in the months to come.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left 1.069 9 2 0 0 0 .375 .444 .625
Since 2020vs Right .813 32 3 2 5 0 .281 .281 .531
2022vs Left 1.069 9 2 0 0 0 .375 .444 .625
2022vs Right .813 32 3 2 5 0 .281 .281 .531
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+136%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+136%
OPS on Road
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .697 33 2 1 4 0 .273 .273 .424
Since 2020Away 1.643 8 3 1 1 0 .429 .500 1.143
2022Home .697 33 2 1 4 0 .273 .273 .424
2022Away 1.643 8 3 1 1 0 .429 .500 1.143
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Royce 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
0.20
 
BB Rate
2.4%
 
K Rate
12.2%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.300
 
OBP
.317
 
SLG
.550
 
OPS
.867
 
wOBA
.373
 
Exit Velocity
90.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.9%
 
Expected BA
.274
 
Expected SLG
.445
 
Sprint Speed
25.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
31.4%
 
Line Drive %
20.0%
 
Fly Ball %
48.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lewis's 2021 season was erased when he suffered a torn right ACL at the start of spring training. His only action in 2020 was at the alternate training site, so this year will mark his first official game action since he was the MVP of the 2019 Arizona Fall League. Lewis is not only an excellent athlete with 70-grade speed, but he his big-time bat speed that leads to plus raw power, is a versatile defender and has excellent makeup, so he has the talent and intangibles to come back strong. Pre-injury, the big question with Lewis was the development of his hit tool, as he has used leg kicks of varying degrees as a timing mechanism throughout his pro career, and he has been out of sync for certain long stretches, particularly the 2019 season at High-A and Double-A before he got things sorted out in the AFL. Players with his pedigree (No. 1 overall pick in 2017) and tools deserve patience, but there will be a lot of pressure on him to perform in the upper levels of the minors, as he is set to turn 23 in June.
Even in a normal year, Lewis would have likely spent his age-20/21 season fine tuning some aspects of his game in the upper levels before debuting in early 2021. He spent the summer working on his shortstop defense and swing mechanics, particularly his lower half, at the alternate training site. In addition to his high-end pedigree, makeup and athleticism, Lewis' MVP performance in the 2019 Arizona Fall League showed he still has a very high ceiling despite middling statistical results at High-A and Double-A. From a tools standpoint, he stacks up with some of the best players in the game, so it's just a matter of getting more consistent at the plate. The team is saying all the right things about his defensive progress, but his 70-grade speed and elite instincts would give him a chance to be solid at any position, so it may just be a matter of where Minnesota's biggest need is when he is ready to debut.
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.
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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Undergoes surgery
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
June 21, 2022
Lewis underwent knee surgery Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Transferred to 60-day IL
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
June 11, 2022
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Suffers torn ACL, out for season
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
June 10, 2022
Lewis has been diagnosed with a partially torn right ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2022 season, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Healing, but no major progress
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
June 8, 2022
Lewis has demonstrated some healing since landing on the 10-day injured list May 30, but he has yet to progress to baseball activities while recovers from a bone bruise of his right knee, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Placed on 10-day IL
SSMinnesota Twins
Knee
May 30, 2022
Lewis (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a right knee bone bruise.
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