1:47 Royce Lewis.....is his fall mostly that your fears of him at SS are confirmed? A year of not hitting in A+? Clearly his change to his hitting is not going well. Did he do that on his own? Thanks,
1:48 Much more about not hitting/visible changes to his mechanics. I have never bought into the claims that he'll stay at short: He's not good there, and he could be very good in CF, maybe a 70 or better defender there. Most organizations would probably have moved him but the Twins have an 80 defender in center in the majors, so that may be one reason why they haven't.
I'm not worried about his defense, these guys always claim guys can't stick at short unless they are absolutely elite. Their evaluations never seem to leave any room for average to below-average gloves at any given position.
I don't like the swing change bit for Lewis and it would be nice to know where it came from, particularly since most players are told to quite down their movements, not amp them up. But I'm also not too troubled by it; it's just tinkering after all. Nothing is stopping Lewis or anyone else from going back to an old swing or doing something completely new. Big deal, if it doesn't work, he won't stick with it.
I don't much care for Lewis' drop, but I do like that KLaw is a bit of a contrarian in his rankings. Seems a lot of these end up getting pretty group-think-y.