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Roundup: Twins taking Lewis, Larnach to camp

Braves also invite Top-100 talents Waters, Langeliers to Florida
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2021

The Twins are taking a pair of Top-100 prospects to Major League camp this spring. No. 17 overall prospect Royce Lewis and No. 80 Trevor Larnach received non-roster invitations to Spring Training on Monday, Minnesota announced. Fellow Top-100 prospects Alex Kirilloff (No. 26) and Jordan Balazovic (No. 97) will already

State of the System: Minnesota Twins

Lewis, Kirilloff lead batch of top prospects nearing the Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 14, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series is evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After a tough stretch for most of

Prospects in the Twins’ 2020 player pool

Lewis, Kirilloff could realize MLB dream in shortened season
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

The Road to The Show™: Royce Lewis

Top overall pick in '17 Draft making climb to Minnesota
@tylermaun
June 8, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis: First round, first pick. On June 12, 2017, the Twins put Royce Lewis in exclusive company as a

Toolshed: 2017 Draft retrospective

High-school trio at top, Pearson's move up north still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 26, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to take place on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Toolshed dream lineup: The 21-year-olds

Padres' Gore, Angels' Adell highlight heading into season at 21
April 7, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers, and the second looked at 20-year-olds. This time, we turn

Report: Twins' top trio assigned to Minors

Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach all produced in Grapefruit League play
March 28, 2020

Just before Major League Baseball begins a roster freeze amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the top three prospects in the Twins system were reshuffled.Royce Lewis, MLB.com's ninth-ranked overall prospect, No. 32 Alex Kirilloff and No. 81 Trevor Larnach were assigned to Minor League camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday. The pause in

Twins notes: Finding roles for Lewis, Kirilloff

Minnesota's top prospects looking for routes to reach Majors
March 11, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- To paraphrase a song by a famous Minnesotan, the times they have been a-changing. That's certainly true for the Twins since 2016 first-rounder Alex Kirilloff and 2017 top overall pick Royce Lewis entered the organization. Once a rebuilding organization, Minnesota is coming off a 101-win season

Lewis blasts homer onto tiki bar roof

Top Twins prospect goes deep off Phillies veteran Wheeler
March 10, 2020

Royce Lewis' second dinger of the spring was a sight to behold.The top Twins prospect unleashed on the first offering he saw from Phillies newcomer Zack Wheeler and deposited it onto the roof of the tiki hut that sits on the concourse beyond the left field seats at Clearwater's Spectrum

Lewis goes yard for first spring hit

Top Twins prospect ends 0-for-11 slump with two-run shot
March 1, 2020

Royce Lewis' hitless start to Grapefruit League play ended Sunday, and the proof of how nearly vanished with it.MLB.com's No. 9 overall prospect skied a two-run homer to left field off 16th-ranked Rays prospectJoe Ryan that came close to exiting Charlotte Sports Park in the second inning of the Twins'

Farm system rankings: Position players, 10-1

White Sox stacked with Robert, Vaughn, Madrigal on the way
February 12, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, MiLB.com looks at the state of all 30 farm systems and ranks them in several different ways. This first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of talent in each system. Here are the top 10

Twins' Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach score invites

Nos. 9, 32, 81 overall prospects headed to Major League camp
February 3, 2020

Fresh off their first American League Central division title since 2010, the Twins are about to get a look at the next wave of reinforcements in Fort Myers.Minnesota extended non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training to No. 9 overall prospect Royce Lewis, No. 32 Alex Kirilloff and No. 81

Twins prospects up the ante in arms race

Three pitchers crack playoff roster, Lewis earns AFL MVP nod
November 18, 2019

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.Top to bottom, the Twins organization is brimming with confidence. The big club won

Encarnacion leads Salt River to AFL title

Marlins No. 17 prospect breaks tie with booming grand slam
October 26, 2019

Royce Lewis' effort carried Salt River to the Arizona Fall League Championship Game, and one swing of the bat by Jerar Encarnacion sealed the title for the Rafters.The top Twins prospect was named the circuit's MVP on Saturday before the No. 17 Marlins prospect broke a 1-1 tie with a

Top prospects take stage for Fall League title

Twins' Lewis leads Rafters against Nationals' Garcia, Saguaros
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 25, 2019

Autumn might be in full swing, but it's time to crown a fall champion.The Surprise Sagauros (17-11) and Salt River Rafters (16-11) will square off in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The contest, which will be

Lewis, Sharp win AFL Week 4 awards

Twins infielder, Nationals right-hander are latest honorees
October 16, 2019

Royce Lewis already captured one award last week when he was named Fall Stars Game MVP on Saturday. He added another one Wednesday afternoon.The Twins' top prospect was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week for Week 4, the league announced Wednesday. Nationals No. 13 prospect Sterling Sharp won

Lewis leads way in AFL Fall Stars Game

Top Twins prospect slugs two-run homer, earns MVP honors
October 12, 2019

It was no surprise when Royce Lewis was named to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, as he entered the weekend with a .407 average that was tops on the circuit. He carried that momentum onto the elevated stage and didn't take long to put it to use.The top

Lewis focused on leveling up in AFL

Top Twins prospect takes on new positions to earn at-bats
September 27, 2019

Over 302 games in the Minors, Royce Lewis appeared at third base once -- as a late-game replacement -- and made one start in center field.Through his first four Arizona Fall League games with the Salt River Rafters, the standout shortstop has already manned the hot corner three times and

Adell, Lewis headline Fall League rosters

Twenty Top-100 prospects headed to Arizona for showcase
August 28, 2019

The Arizona Fall League is going to be a little different in 2019, but the talent level will be as high as ever.Angels outfielder Jo Adell (No. 4) and Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 7) headline the list of 20 Top-100 prospects named to the Arizona Fall League rosters released

Prospect Roundup: Games of August 9

Cards' Gorman homers twice; Lewis hits first Double-A dinger
August 10, 2019

Cardinals 3B Nolan Gorman, Class A Advanced Palm Beach: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R -- The top Cardinals prospect had hit safely in eight of his previous nine games but hadn't homered since July 13. That changed in back-to-back at-bats during the opener of the Cards' doubleheader

Duran, Lewis shine in Double-A debuts

Twins righty posts zeros; top prospect gets two hits, two RBIs
July 28, 2019

Even when Jhoan Duran allowed baserunners, they weren't aboard for very long.Making his Double-A debut along with Royce Lewis, the Minnesota's No. 9 prospect gave up two hits over five innings as Pensacola blanked Jacksonville, 5-0, on Sunday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Lewis -- MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect -- picked

Twins promote Lewis to Double-A

No. 7 overall prospect hit .273 in July in Florida State League
July 27, 2019

Royce Lewis is staying in Florida, he's just moving about 600 miles northwest to the panhandle.After showing steady improvement over 140 games with Class A Advanced Fort Myers, spanning two seasons, the top Twins prospect was promoted to Double-A Pensacola of the Southern League, the team announced Saturday.

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25

Rays' McKay posts four zeros; Braves' Anderson fans nine
July 26, 2019

Rays LHP Brendan McKay, Triple-A Durham: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HB, 6 K -- It was the first Minor League pitching appearance since June 22 for the No. 2 Rays prospect, and it pointed out why the southpaw earned four starts with the big league

Toolshed: Prospects on the upswing

Twins' Lewis, Marlins' Diaz among those turning seasons around
July 24, 2019

Call these the grind times.Baseball players talk a lot about dealing with the grind of a long season, something that can be felt most in July. The weather's hot; the pennant chase is not quite here yet; the games within games -- adjusting to another team and then adjusting to

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 19

Twins' Lewis collects three hits; Braves' Anderson fans 10
July 20, 2019

Twins SS Royce Lewis, Class A Advanced Fort Myers: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R -- The top Twins prospect has been turning it on at the plate in July and Friday's effort was another step in the right direction. He delivered his third three-hit game of the season and boosted his average