Lewis reaches five times in AFL debut

Top Seattle prospect collects two doubles, three runs for Peoria

Kyle Lewis notched a .740 OPS over 49 games across two levels during the regular season. (I.B. Lee)

By MiLB.com Staff | October 24, 2017 12:33 AM

Kyle Lewis made his first game in the Arizona Fall League a loud one.

Seattle's top prospect went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, three runs scored and an RBI as Peoria topped Glendale, 14-7, on Monday in his first Arizona Fall League game.


Gameday box score


Lewis made his presence known from the start, knocking a leadoff double to right field before coming around to score in the first inning. MLB.com's No. 41 overall prospect walked in the second and slapped an RBI double to center in the fourth. Lewis also reached on a fielding error by shortstop Danny Mendick (White Sox) in the sixth and capped his game with a single to right in the eighth.

Following the end of his rookie season, the 2016 first-round pick tore his ACL, which postponed the start of his first full season to June 11. Two games into playing with Class A Advanced Modesto, Lewis crashed into a wall trying to make a catch and returned to the disabled list. Getting back on the field on June 24, the 22-year-old hit .257 with 14 extra-base hits and 31 RBIs in 49 games between a rehab stint in the Rookie-level Arizona League and the California League.

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"I think for me, [it's] just getting reps," Lewis told MLB.com. "As I get reps, my game will polish out and everything will take care of itself. So that's my biggest thing -- just getting reps. And confidence and everything else will take care of itself.

"I'm just trying get my mind clear, get in a good position to hit and be ready to hit. I had some good results today, so hopefully I can continue to do that."

Lewis joined a stacked Javelinas roster. On Monday, top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna collected an RBI double and a walk, second-ranked Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis and Atlanta's No. 16 prospect Alex Jackson both went yard, and Padres No. 10 prospect Josh Naylor plated four runs. Fifth-ranked Mariners prospect Braden Bishop added three hits, three runs and two RBIs.

"I think we kind of just feed off each other," Bishop told MLB.com. "It's awesome to have [Lewis] back out there and see him get after it makes me want to get after it. Overall, I'm just happy he's healthy and out here again."

Ninth-ranked prospect Max Fried (2-0) allowed a run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five frames.

Top Indians prospect Francisco Mejia and No. 3 prospect Bobby Bradley belted a homer apiece for the Desert Dogs.

In other AFL action:

Saguaros 4, Rafters 3

Orioles No. 3 prospect Ryan Mountcastle finished a triple shy of the cycle with two RBIs for Salt River. Chris Paul (Twins) and Rangers No. 11 prospect Yanio Perez went deep off Ryan Atkinson (D-backs), who struck out six and allowed two runs over four innings. D-backs No. 19 prospect Victor Reyes plated a run with a single to cut Salt Lake's deficit to 4-3 in the ninth, but Brian Mundell (Rockies) flew out to end the game. Gameday box score

Solar Sox 5, Scorpions 2

Top Nationals prospect Victor Robles got into the swing of things right away in his Mesa debut. Starting in center field, Robles beat out an infield single to start the game, went to third on a single to right by Kody Eaves (Tigers) and scored on a wild pitch by No. 4 Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield. Robles, the No. 2 overall prospect, added another single and run in the fifth and walked in the ninth. Alec Mills, the Cubs No. 20 prospect, allowed one run on five hits without a walk and six strikeouts over four innings for the Solar Sox. Gameday box score

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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