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Kyle Lewis Drafted 11th Overall by the Mariners

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Kyle Lewis Drafted 11th overall the Mariners

Kyle Lewis has been selected by the Mariners with the 11th overall pick.

The 6 foot 4 inch outfielder out of Mercer University will look to improve on his already impressive skills as a baseball player.

In 54 games last season, Lewis hit .367 with a .423 OBP and a .677 slugging percentage.

Throughout his college career, Lewis has improved his power and has learned to take more pitches. He does not have the best arm strength according to most scouts but his bat should make up for that.

Unlike some of the other draft prospects, Lewis is coming to the majors from college not high school. This means that Lewis is a little bit older and more developed as a baseball player.

Another advantage that Lewis could have on the rest of the hitters in the draft is that he played in the Cape Cod League. They use wood bats just like the major leagues.

Lewis’ swing has a lot of movement to it which could cause him to struggle against professional pitchers. He uses a big leg kick as well as movement with his hands to generate power.

Scouts believe that Lewis will need to tone down his movement in the box in order to be successful in the majors or even in the minors.

Another knock against the outfielder is that he does not play in a major conference. Part of his success could be due to the fact that he has not faced quality pitching in his career. Scouts point to other players from non-major college conferences that has success in the majors. That list includes Evan Longoria and A.J. Pollock.

It will be interesting to see if Lewis makes the necessary adjustments in order to become a major hitter.

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