KYLE LEWIS, OUTFIELDER, MERCER UNIVERSITY (GEORGIA)
For our Mike Azzalina, the choice is Kyle Lewis, the toolsy outfielder from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia who was named as Baseball America’s College Player of the Year.
“He absolutely rakes. He is putting up video game numbers this season. Past that, he led the Cape League in hitting this past summer. His performance at the Cape tells me two things: he can play with the competition…he can hit with a wooden bat. I think he can be a quick mover and allow the Phillies to deal some of their outfield prospects for talent down the line.”
In his own full piece advocating the selection of Lewis just a couple of days ago here at TBOH, Mike highlighted that performance last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League:
"“How about what the kid did in the Cape Cod League last summer…Lewis put on a show. In 39 games, the outfielder demonstrated that he was one of the best hitters on the entire Cape, hitting for a .300/.344/.500 slash line with seven home runs and 24 RBI…He produced those numbers against some of the best college pitching talent in the country…More importantly, he produced those numbers while using a wooden bat. The translation from college to pro often becomes difficult early in the process because of the use of a wooden bat. Lewis had no issues making the change.”"
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