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Royce Lewis

Born: 06/05/1999 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: CF
Super long legs and arms with strong core. Thin arms, definitely some room for muscle. High-end athleticism with solid explosive abilities.
Evaluator Ricky Conti
Report Date 09/26/2019
Dates Seen 9/18, 9/19, 9/20
Affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA, Reds)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2021 Medium 70 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Super high handset that stays high with huge leg kick. Lands quickly and aggressively into a wide base. Long, but explosive downhill swing, but hits a lot of flyballs because he's looking to hit the ball out in front. The performance itself won't blow you away, but when you consider the speed of his development and the performance relative to age, a plus hit tool is very reasonable.
Power 55 Over the fence power is mainly to the pull side, but can still drive the ball opposite field without a problem. Chance it gets to 60 raw, but will probably play 55 in-game.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Great accelerator who changes direction with ease. The tool makes centerfield is definitely an option. The excellent baseball IQ and instincts makes him a genuine threat on the bases.
Glove 55 Taking reps at all of SS, 3B, and CF. Top tier athleticism and above average speed allows him to get to plenty of balls. Does a great job of always keeping his feet moving.
Arm 55 Above arm pure strength, but still working on throwing accuracy. Might be able to hide the developing accuracy in the outfield.

Royce Lewis is so close, yet so far.

He made an insane catch in centerfield, one that players at this stage of development simply don't make unless they're special. It came with little experience out there. Nonetheless, the defensive home is still a question, as it's not quite clear which position his tools play best at.

The bat shows signs of being plus, but the swing is unorthodox with an abundance of moving parts. He hasn't posted the numbers that typically come with a prospect of this caliber, but nobody will be surprised once the numbers start to come.

What really makes Lewis interesting is that there is an outside chance at 60 grade for all five tools. The question that remains is, with the exception of speed, which are going to develop to their peak.

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