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Birth Date6-5-1999
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age21 years, 3 months, 22 days
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2017 CDR A MID 18 80 .246 .314 .367 .364 103 2.2 2.2 1 111 0 1.9 1.0 0.9 0.7
2017 TWI Rk GCL 36 159 .248 .336 .354 .292 103 6.8 5.0 1.7 159 0 -0.9 4.6 7.6 1.7
2018 CDR A MID 75 327 .250 .319 .370 .349 105 15.2 9.1 3.3 156 0 0.8 3.7 17.9 3.7
2018 FTM A+ FSL 46 208 .253 .321 .372 .291 97 1.5 5.9 2.6 107 0 -4.8 1.7 1.3 0.7
2019 FTM A+ FSL 94 418 .237 .307 .351 .281 96 1.2 11.3 4 97 0 4.0 -1.5 -1.2 1.8
2019 PEN AA SOU 33 148 .257 .321 .388 .287 97 0.6 3.8 1.4 67 0 -0.9 2.0 -3.8 0.3

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2017 CDR A MID 80 71 16 21 2 1 1 28 10 6 16 3 1 .296 .363 .394 .099 1 0
2017 TWI Rk GCL 159 133 38 36 6 2 3 55 17 19 17 15 2 .271 .390 .414 .143 0 0
2018 CDR A MID 327 295 50 93 23 0 9 143 53 24 49 22 4 .315 .368 .485 .169 4 1
2018 FTM A+ FSL 208 188 33 48 6 3 5 75 21 19 35 6 4 .255 .327 .399 .144 0 0
2019 PEN AA SOU 148 134 18 31 9 1 2 48 14 11 33 6 2 .231 .291 .358 .127 2 0
2019 FTM A+ FSL 418 383 55 91 17 3 10 144 35 27 90 16 8 .238 .289 .376 .138 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

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2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 391 45 84 9 1 13 43 21 87 10 3 .231 .277 .368 65 1.3 SS -1, 3B 0 0.1
80o 368 40 74 8 0 12 38 18 84 9 3 .215 .257 .343 56 -4.2 SS -1, 3B 0 -0.5
70o 352 37 68 8 0 11 35 17 82 8 3 .206 .248 .330 50 -7.7 SS -1, 3B 0 -0.9
60o 338 35 62 7 0 10 33 15 79 7 3 .195 .234 .311 44 -10.5 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.2
50o 325 32 57 6 0 9 30 14 77 7 2 .186 .225 .294 39 -12.8 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.4
40o 312 30 53 6 0 8 28 13 75 6 2 .180 .219 .282 34 -14.9 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.7
30o 298 27 48 5 0 8 26 12 73 6 2 .170 .208 .273 28 -17.0 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.9
20o 282 25 43 5 0 7 23 11 70 5 2 .161 .196 .258 22 -19.0 SS -1, 3B 0 -2.1
10o 259 21 37 4 0 6 20 9 66 4 1 .150 .181 .239 13 -21.3 SS 0, 3B 0 -2.3
Weighted Mean330335970931157872.190.231.30041-12.0SS -1, 3B 0-1.3

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2020-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jesse,, thanks for taking my question - love these chat sessions! I am wondering what to do with Royce Lewis, I’ve had him on my roster since he was drafted. Unfortunately, I have never seen him play. The numbers don’t seem to match the lofty rankings by the various Dynasty publications. I will not cut him, but wonder what to do with him. What is your personal opinion on his future productivity? I remember an owner finally giving up on David Ortiz then all of a sudden......Well, we know how that turned out.
(meswan from Texas)
Thanks! Royce Lewis had a delayed start last year due to a strained oblique and he never really hit his stride. Part of the issue is a swing that is a bit out of whack. However, Lewis has lauded work ethic and baseball IQ, so I am confident he will eventually figure it out and everything will click. It will be telling if he can make an adjustment. While he tore up the AFL last fall, he still had a wonky stroke so it is unclear if any real changes were made. Despite the swing work needed, Lewis has electric bat speed and legit power. Out of the draft, reports had his FV hit/power tools at 6/5. Now, they are reversed at 5/6. There is a chance he develops into a 55/55/55 hit/game power/speed bat who can profile at short, which has immense value. I still think he has 20/20 upside. I do not think it is the time to sell him unless you snag top-100 dynasty value in return. (Jesse Roche)
2020-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig, thanks for taking my question - I thoroughly enjoy the BP chhat feature. Royce Lewis continues to appear quite highly ranked across the various publications. I have had him on my Dynasty roster since he was drafted and am starting to question whether he will be worth holding a roster spot going forward based on his minor league numbers. I won’t drop him but wanted your take on whether he still projects high in your mind or do you think the performance indicators say otherwise. Unfortunately, I have not watched him play a game yet. Thanks in advance!
(meswan from Texas)
A lot of that depends on what the cost of the roster spot is (size of the league, size of the roster). There's still a TON of talent there but the swing is still spotty and while he's undergone a lot of changes to try and fix it, it's not quite there (last we saw, anyway). The sources I've talked to even beyond our team (where Keanan did a great job: have come away feeling as Keanan did. He can still fix it! There's plenty of time! But it's not all there right now. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Give me 5 names that you think could jump to the number 1 prospect 2021 season?
(Luciano from San Francisco)
I will try to avoid the obvious (top-10). Outside our top-10: Marco Luciano, Royce Lewis, CJ Abrams, Jasson Dominguez, and Bobby Witt Jr. (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)You took Dominguez over Abrams in the BP mock... what's the reason? Seems like Abrams is a little safer from the speed and I'm not convinced Dominguez's upside is as good as the recent J2 stars like Franco or Vlad.
(Jake from Philly)
Told you there were two of these questions! I did take Dominguez over Abrams, and I actually was debating between the two (i.e., should I go with my personal preference or pick consistently with our rankings). In my opinion, Dominguez has elite, top-5 dynasty player upside akin to the likes of Ronald Acuna Jr. Of course, so much of his upside remains a pipe dream, but reports speak of the next great superstar and are more glowing than even the infamous Kevin Maitan. If Dominguez truly has 6/7/7 (hit/power/speed) offensive potential, then no prospect comes close to his pure upside.

As for Abrams, he is far better than most expected, and I even roughly comp'd him to Royce Lewis entering the draft. I did not expect him to flash as much power as he did in his debut. At this point, he looks like a potential 6/5/7 (or even 8) player, which is elite. I would not fault anyone for taking Abrams over Dominguez. It is a great year to have a top-5 pick in FYPDs! (Jesse Roche)
2019-11-01 12:00:00 (link to chat)So Royce Lewis had a lousy year but a terrific AFL. Did he redeem himself? How different is his projected future value today than it was this time last year?
(cooldude from Mpls)
Upside/OFP hasn't really changed, but reasonable floor/FV is down, and risk is up. None of the reports we got from staff looks in the AFL suggest the underlying issues with the swing are fixed yet. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-10-18 12:00:00 (link to chat)Outside of Royce Lewis, what are your thoughts on other Twins players that were out in Arizona?
(Michael from Minneapolis)
Luke Raley is a physical monster, but really has the ceiling for me of a platoon bat (if it all goes right). Zach Neff is a nice organizational left-hander, one that helps a minor league bullpen. Jovani Moran was fine for me, lefty with some velocity and feel to spin a breaking ball, that usually means some up/down reliever role. Dakota Chalmers has a real quality fastball/curveball combination, but you could tell the rust coming off his Tommy John surgery as well. He has high upside if he cuts down on his walks. (Steve Givarz)
2019-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Royce Lewis or Nick Madrigal in a keep forever h2h points league. Who would you rather have long term?
(Jon from MN)
It doesn't look great right now, but I think Lewis makes the adjustments. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-09-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is CJ Abrams power projection? Something like Royce Lewis?
(Flex from San Diego)
Both Keanan pre-draft and some of the scouts Lefko talked to post-draft think he can get to average pop as he fills out. Probably more to a top of the order table-setter though. Lewis has a bit more power projection than that if he can smooth out the swing path issues. Those are very, very quick hands. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-07-11 23:00:00 (link to chat)Any concerns about Royce Lewis?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Sure, to the degree that any time a prospect's swing is as messy as Lewis' is right now - and Keanan Lamb wrote in great depth about that mess a few weeks ago: - there's some concern. We went back and forth a bunch on where to slot him for the Midseason 50, and ultimately his extreme athleticism and elite bat speed kept him really, really highly ranked despite the earned struggles. We remain bullish that he has the freak-of-nature qualities to solve his current issues with continued development. If you're looking at him as a dynasty league asset, this is probably going to be just about your last window for acquisition (Wilson Karaman)
2019-07-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Royce Lewis took a tumble on the BP mid-season list. Any serious concerns about him on your end?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Keanan Lamb wrote an article about his (and broader scouts) concerns with Lewis's swing earlier in the season. And you could see the issues with it even in BP. He just wasn't consistently in sync. I also saw borderline elite hand speed and the athletic tools are obvious. So you don't want to give up on him putting it together. We also have almost a season's worth of poor production in A+. I think this ended up a bit of a compromise ranking. If we were really weighting the production and scouting report downturn he'd be lower, but that would be too reactive on July 8th. Essentially we still see the all-star upside, we are just more concerned about the floor/likely now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-05-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)SS with most potential In minors not named Franco?
(Daniel from Ny)
Gotta be Royce Lewis, right? I know it's been a rough go at Double-A (dating back to last year) but if you're talking's the obvious answer. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Royce Lewis sniff the majors this year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
I think that's aggressive. Ending the season in Double-A seems reasonable. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-19 18:00:00 (link to chat)Excluding anyone in the majors currently and also Vladdy dadi... give me your top 5 prospects of your choice to start a dynasty with.
(Rocky from Los Angeles )
I'll stick to guys I've seen, however briefly. Hitters would be Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff and Nick Madrigal. All are young, have very advanced hit tools and really understand the strike zone. Pitchers would be Mitch Keller, Brusdar Graterol and Ian Anderson. They each already have the requisite pitches and enough command of each to have pretty high floors and the chance to be great fantasy starters. (Scott Delp)
2019-04-12 16:00:00 (link to chat)Harper and Bryant for Acuna, Royce Lewis and Brent Honeywell? Which team would say no? Keep forever dynasty.
(rg from work)
I think you can justify it from either side - if I'm the win-now team then Harper/Bryant obviously gives me more this year, and neither are old. I could see the Acuna owner saying no though, because his stock is (rightfully) crazy high in dynasty. (Darius Austin)
2019-04-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Royce Lewis or Bo Bichette long term?
(Prospect Decision from MiLB)
Tough one, given how closely ranked they usually are on prospect lists. Bichette a bit safer but less flash. I'd go Lewis if you don't need someone imminently, given speed is harder to come by. But if you're looking to compete as soon as possible, Bichette makes more sense for 2020. (Kevin Jebens)
2019-02-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)Five guys that have the chance to be the #1 prospect at the start of next season...
(Mark from Green Bay)
I'm assuming Jordon Adell doesn't make it to the bigs this year, so he'd be my choice. Next obvious options are Trammell, Royce Lewis, Wander Franco, and Alex Kirilloff. All these guys are already top-20 prospects but aren't likely to get called up in 2019. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name your top 5 prospects at the start of next season
(Mark from Arlington)
Vladito, Eloy Jimenez, Royce Lewis, Victor Robles and Fernando Tatis Jr (Mark Barry)
2018-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is this Minnesota's infield in two years? 1B: Sano, 2B: Polanco, 3B: someone not currently on the team, SS: Gordon
(cooldude from Mpls)
Sano will eventually wind up at 1B/DH, although it may not be with the Twins if 2019 goes poorly. Brent Rooker is another option at first base. I'd like to see Jorge Polanco shift to second base, where I think he can be an asset defensively. Nick Gordon is less than a sure thing to be a long-term shortstop in the majors. And of course in two years the hope is that Royce Lewis will be at shortstop (or maybe third base/center field, I guess). (Aaron Gleeman)
2018-09-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can I get an update on your thoughts on Wander Javier and his upside?
(Dusty from Colorado)
Javier was shut down in May and I think I did one of these last in June or July. so it's the same old song. the injury doesn't impact his upside at all. Javier could be better than Royce Lewis. If everything breaks right for the Twins, they're going to have a hell of middle infield. (Mike Gianella)
2018-09-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Royce Lewis see significant time in the majors next year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
No. He turns 20 in June. He could certainly hold his own if he was promoted mid-year but unless there's a big breakout I'd bet against anything more than a September call up, at best. Given what happened to Buxton, the Twins will hold onto the service time unless they're contending. (Mike Gianella)
2018-07-30 23:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson... Give me a list of 5 prospects in A-ball that you have the most confidence in becoming an All-Star at some point in their career. Thanks!!
(Harold R from Seattle)
Well, A ball's a big ol' zip code, but since he hasn't played a game at AA yet I'll still count Jo Adell at the top of that list. Behind him: hmmm, let's go Royce Lewis, Jesus Sanchez, Tirso Ornelas, and Oneil Cruz (Wilson Karaman)
2018-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who have been the best players you have seen this year?
(Lance from Ft. Worth)
On the mound, I really like MacKenzie Gore. I have not caught Hunter Greene yet, but Gore has the best stuff I've seen so far. Position players, the Twins have a pair of potential stars in Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff. I also like the Cubs Miguel Amaya, Cardinals Elehuris Montero, and Cleveland's Will Benson. The Fort Wayne team has also been a lot of fun to watch with all their young talent. (Nathan Graham)
2018-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Royce Lewis be? Is he a top 6-8 SS by 2023?
(Jett from Skyward)
Given what we've seen so for, top 6-8 looks like his floor. Hope to see him in Fort Myers later this season. (Scott Delp)
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Luis Garcia be the top 2B prospect in 2 years? If not him, who?
(Steve from DC)
Jarrett's liked him more at third this year, but a lot of this is gonna depend on what the Nats look like in two years, or maybe what Carter Kieboom looks like in two years. I'll also suggest that we aren't so high on him that your first question is a likely yes for me. It's more likely to be like Andres Gimenez or Royce Lewis or Wander Javier or someone like that. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best 2b dynasty prospect and best SS prospect in baseball in 2020 are....
(Barry from NJ)
I appreciate this for at least not making the fantasy question even thinly veiled. They are probably both still shortstops in 2020 and let's go with Royce Lewis and fuck it, Bobby Witt Jr (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty League Draft - which of these top 101 players do you take with first pick? Luis Robert, Keston Hiura, Royce Lewis, Hunter Greene, Mackenzie Gore, Jo Addell
(PKIII from SC)
Oooooh, If you want surety I'd go Hiura, but I'd be sorely temped by Adell or Robert. Less interested in the pitchers. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can Luis Robert rocket up this year with his hit tool. Robert or Royce Lewis for dynasty leagues?
(Mike from Canada)
I don't actually have a strong take either way here. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Sayre ranked Shohei Ohtani, Keston Hiura, Luis Robert, Royce Lewis, and Jo Adell, respectively, as his top 5 new-signees going into 2018. Do you agree with this ranking or do you see something different that really sticks out to you?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I go Ohtani, Robert, Lewis, Hiura and Adell. I think Robert has #1 prospect in baseball upside. (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)I have 5 of the first 6 picks in our first year player draft for our HTH dynasty league. I feel like Ohtani is locked in at 1. Please rank your next 5 targets out of Gore,Greene,Robert,McKay,Hiura,Adell,Ramos,Royce Lewis. Thank you for your time. I look forward to your answer.
(Chad from OKC)
I'd take Robert, Hiura, Lewis, Gore, Adell. I know some of the BP staff who know a lot more about prospects than me don't see McKay being all that great for fantasy in that he could be a fine option on both sides of the ball but nothing special at either. It's hard to see how you're going to feel too bad about any combination after the draft, though. (Darius Austin)
2018-01-23 23:00:00 (link to chat)Luis Robert, Royce Lewis or Hiura for dynasty draft - 1st pick???
(Pk3 from SC)
Robert, Hiura, Lewis order for me, I think. They're all pretty close. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the glut of SS prospects in the Twins farm system, do you see them possibly moving Nick Gordon now?
(John Olson from Virginia)
I mean there's no real reason to actively shop him. If they can turn him into a good MLB pitcher, sure, but that's the motivation, not clearing up the position for Royce Lewis or whoever. (Nicolas Stellini)

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