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Article: Royce Lewis Promoted To The Kernels

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:57 AM

The Cedar Rapids Kernels announced this morning that #1 overall pick Royce Lewis will join the team on Saturday.The Twins promoting Lewis to the Midwest League is something that hasn't been done in dozens of years, at least.

The last #1 overall pick, Joe Mauer, spent the 2001 season (his draft year) with Elizabethton before spending the entire 2002 season in the Midwest League.

Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios started their pro careers (2012) in the GCL, as Lewis has, before being promoted to Elizabethton.

Back in 2006, Chris Parmelee (first round) and Joe Benson (second round) began their pro careers in the GCL. When that season ended, they were promoted to the Kernels to play in their playoff series.

The Kernels will be in the 2017 playoffs thanks to their strong first half.

Lewis has been slumping of late, but few question his immense athleticism, talent and baseball acumen.

In 36 games in the GCL, 18-year-old Royce Lewis has hit .271/.390/.414 (.803) with six doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also has 15 stolen bases.

A month ago, GCL Twins manager Ramon Borrega told Pioneer Press's Mike Berardinothat he thought Lewis should be promoted directly to the Kernels.

“When I had Buxton, I said, ‘Why are we keeping this guy? He needs to go somewhere,’ ” Borrego said. “It’s the same thing with Lewis. It’s the same case. I said, ‘Hey, get ready to get him out of here.’ He’s been dominating the league. The way he’s been playing, you say, ‘Wow. This kid doesn’t need to be here.’ That kid’s ready to go play in CR right now.”

The timing, however, is interesting. In July, Lewis hit .321/.412/.464 (.877). However, in 33 at-bats so far in August, Lewis has just four hits. He's hit .121/.341/.182 (.523). As you can see, despite the lack of hits, he's still taking walks (9) and getting on base, and once he does that, he has the ability to steal a lot of bases.

This is definitely an aggressive move for the Twins, but Lewis seems to have the makeup. It will be fun to watch.

This continues an aggressive trend. Supplemental first-round pick Brent Rooker was promoted from Elizabethton to Ft. Myers a few weeks ago. Lewis becomes the fourth member of the 2017 Twins draft to join the Kernels. Fourth-round pick Charlie Barnes and eight-round pick Bryan Sammons, both left-handed pitchers, joined the Kernels in recent weeks. They are both in the Cedar Rapids rotation. Days after, infielder Jordan Gore was also called up to the Kernels.

By the way, have we mentioned that Cedar Rapids is just a 4 to 4 1/2 hour drive from the Twin Cities?

Also, here is a first look of Kernels infielder Royce Lewis in his #30 uniform...



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#2 Tibs

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:05 AM

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat??

I couldn't be a player because of bad eyesight, so I decided to be an umpire instead.

#3 Comrade Bork

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:19 AM

Aww yeah! Keep crushing it Royce!
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#4 nmcowboy

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:20 AM

Go Royce!  I like the move.


#5 IndianaTwin

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:24 AM

This is outstanding news, and I'm glad it's happening already rather than waiting a couple more weeks. He has nothing more to prove.*


*This opinion may or may not be influenced by the fact that I have a business trip taking me to eastern Iowa, arriving on the 19th when the Kernels play Beloit.
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#6 bluechipper

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:44 AM

I like that he'll be able to get a feel for the Midwest League this season, and that will put him in better position to dominate there next year.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:20 AM

Yes, 20 minute drive for me.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:30 AM

A short change of locale. Get him under the wings of being against some older talent. He will return to Florida for the Fall Instructional League, I'm sure. 

 

Different roadtrips on the horizon. A stepping stone to maybe starting with the Kernels next year. After all, want to see Royce graduate out of the short-season teams if at all possible and not sit in Florida during the early months of 2018 playing piickup ball.

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#9 mikelink45

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:34 AM

Very nice.  I like seeing the young players moving up the ladder.  Lets concentrate on some of the talent that was here before the last draft too.


#10 Old Twins Cap

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:06 AM

Royce Rolls... into Iowa.

 

That will be a test of his esteemed character.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:14 AM

A short change of locale. Get him under the wings of being against some older talent. He will return to Florida for the Fall Instructional League, I'm sure.

Different roadtrips on the horizon. A stepping stone to maybe starting with the Kernels next year. After all, want to see Royce graduate out of the short-season teams if at all possible and not sit in Florida during the early months of 2018 playing piickup ball.


Barring injury, 100% he starts at Cedar Rapids next year.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:17 AM

This move got me thinking there is a small (but far from impossible) chance he could make the bigs by late 2019. Needs to avoid injury.
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#13 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:54 AM

HOLY CRAP.

Seriously. That's amazing to see a prep player jump to A ball the year he's drafted.

At this rate, he could spend a significant portion of 2018 in the high minors.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:56 AM

I live in San Diego, so... If I ride my motorcycle 100 mph for 2,000 miles to Iowa, that's just a 20-hour ride! Figure a few days in the hospital, a little rehab, some jail time... I could watch Royce Lewis in his last game of the season!

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:39 PM

HOLY CRAP.

Seriously. That's amazing to see a prep player jump to A ball the year he's drafted.

At this rate, he could spend a significant portion of 2018 in the high minors.


Even at top, top performance/health he won't get out of Ft. Myers next year.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:28 PM

I live in San Diego, so... If I ride my motorcycle 100 mph for 2,000 miles to Iowa, that's just a 20-hour ride! Figure a few days in the hospital, a little rehab, some jail time... I could watch Royce Lewis in his last game of the season!

There's stoplights near the ballpark. You might just barely miss it.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:56 PM

Even at top, top performance/health he won't get out of Ft. Myers next year.

As I understand it, everything from A+ upward is the high minors. If I'm wrong, I retract the statement. He won't make it higher than A+.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:04 PM

As I understand it, everything from A+ upward is the high minors. If I'm wrong, I retract the statement. He won't make it higher than A+.


Could be my fault. I always took AA and AAA as high minors. Who can arbitrate this divisive issue?
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:17 PM

Even at top, top performance/health he won't get out of Ft. Myers next year.

  

As I understand it, everything from A+ upward is the high minors. If I'm wrong, I retract the statement. He won't make it higher than A+.


I agree with drjim as I too have always considered the "high minors" as AA and AAA.

I disagree with drjim that he won't get out of Ft Myers. Opening Day SS 2018 baby!
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 03:43 PM

Wow. Gonsalves and Lewis promoted in one week.

 

I like it - get them ready for 2018




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