Lewis continues surging for Kernels

Twins top prospect collects three singles, RBI, scores twice

Royce Lewis is 11-for-24 with six runs scored and four RBIs during a five-game hitting streak. (Andrew Dodson/Cedar Rapids Kernels)

By Josh Horton / MiLB.com | April 28, 2018 2:29 AM

Royce Lewis is finding his groove with Class A Cedar Rapids. 

The Twins' top prospect extended his hitting streak to five games and raised his average to a season-high .333 on Friday, going 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Kernels' 6-5, 13-inning loss to Quad Cities at Modern Woodmen Park.

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Lewis' RBI came in the top of the 12th, as the first overall pick of last year's Draft whacked a single the opposite way on a 1-2 count against right-hander Robert Corniel. The knock gave Cedar Rapids a 4-3 lead, and Lewis scored on a base hit by No. 6 Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff

Video: Royce Lewis drives in the go-ahead run in extras

The River Bandits tied it in the bottom of the frame on Adrian Tovalin's two-run homer and won an inning later, when Corey Julks worked a bases-loaded walk. 

MLB.com's No. 20 overall prospect, Lewis was brought up to Cedar Rapids last season after hitting .271/.390/.414 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He raked in 11 games with the Kernels, putting up a .311/.367/.400 slash line. 

The Aliso Viejo, California, native began the season with a brand new component to his swing, a leg kick. But after compiling just six hits and a .222 average in his first seven games, Lewis abandoned the kick and was rewarded with a 4-for-4 game in a loss against Burlington on April 22.

"I said that I'm going to go back to just trusting my hands and I didn't use the high leg kick," Lewis said after the four-hit performance. "I really just focused on my hands and luckily found some holes tonight."

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All 13 of Lewis' hits over his last five games have been singles. The 18-year-old shortstop collected four round-trippers last year, and he flashed power early this season by thumping a three-run blast to left-center field in a 9-5 win on April 12 at Peoria.

His .333 average is second-best on the Kernels, and his five stolen bases tie him with Twins No. 11 prospect Akil Baddoo for the team lead.

Josh Horton is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @joshhortonMiLB This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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