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Kyle Lewis

Kyle Alexander Lewis

Height: 6'4"    Weight: 205

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 07/13/1995 in Snellville, Georgia

Offseason home: Palm Coast, Florida

College: Mercer University

Nickname: K-Lew

Acquired: Drafted 2016 (1st round)

MLB Debut: 09/10/2019

Free Agent after: 2025 season

Twitter handle: @KLew_5

The 2020 Rookie of the Year has yet to prove himself. That may sound strange; I mean, he won ROY, right? He's proven he belongs! Well, yes and no. He won the award on the strength of one month of play. In the first half of last year's short 60-game season, Lewis was on fire, posting a batting line of .373/.463/.569 through the first 29 games. Hew was hitting for average, hitting for power, drawing walks, even stole a couple of bags. K-Lew could do no wrong. Then came the second half. From game 29 onward, the fire was soundly doused; it seemed the league had figured him out, evidenced by a line of just .154/.264/.308, including 43 strikeouts. Now, every player has slumps, and it may be that Lewis had one for the second month of the two-month season and he'll be fine. Or, word has gotten around about how to pitch the former first-round draft selection (2016) and he's in dire need of some adjustments to his approach. He'll no doubt have every opportunity to play through any troubles he may have in the early going, should he have any, and he was having an OK spring training. We'll see which Kyle Lewis shows up once the bell rings. As manager Scott Servais put it, “I think [Lewis] is going to learn a lot this year. He gained a ton of confidence last year based on the numbers he was able to put up and kind of how he led our team offensively. But he’s going to learn a ton this year: As the league gets to know you, they make adjustments as well—and then you’ve got to adjust back.”

TH, 3/16/21