Kyle Alexander Lewis…resides in Palm Coast, FL...graduated from Shiloh (GA) High School in 2013…named a 2013 Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Senior Preseason All-America honorable mention and selected as an All-State selection… attended Mercer University from 2013-16…2-time Southern Conference Player of the Year (2015 & 2016)…2016 Golden Spikes Award…Baseball America's 2016 College Player of the Year and First Team All-America…named to six All-America teams in 2016.
Hit .262 (54x206) with 37 runs scored, three doubles, 11 home runs, 28 RBI, 34 walks and five stolen bases in 58 games with Seattle...Was unanimously voted Jackie Robinson AL Rookie of the Year, becoming the fourth Mariners player to win the award (also: Alvin Davis, 1984; Kazuhiro Sasaki, 2000 & Ichiro Suzuki, 2001)...he is the first Mariners player to win the award unanimously (30 first place votes),12th Major League player all-time to do so...Led all Major League rookies in runs scored (37), walks (34), total bases (90), times on base (88) and on-base percentage (.364), while also ranking among ML rookie leaders in games (T1st, 58), home runs (T1st, 11), RBI (2nd, 28), slugging (2nd, .437), OPS (2nd, .801), at-bats (2nd, 206), hits (T2nd, 54), multi-hit games (T2nd, 15), average (3rd, .262)...Led the Mariners in batting (.262), home runs (11), runs (37) and walks (34)...became the 2nd rookie in the Majors since 1969 to lead his team in all four categories: Mark McGwire-OAK (1987)...Named the Mariners Most Valuable Player for the 2020 season by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) on Sept. 23...Recorded six consecutive multi-hit games from July 26-31, batting .500 (13x26) with four runs scored, six RBI and two walks over that span… he was one of three players in the Majors this season to tally multiple hits in at least 6 consecutive games, joining Charlie Blackmon (6 games) and José Iglesias (7 games)...Homered in each of his first two games this season: July 24 at HOU (1x4, R, HR, RBI) and July 25 at HOU (1x3, R, HR, RBI, BB)… also homered in his first three career games last season (9/10-12/19)...With his home run on July 25 at Houston, he became just 1 of 13 players since 1920 to hit at least 8 home runs in his first 20 career games...Blasted a 438-foot home run in his first at-bat of the season off Justin Verlander on July 24 at Houston...at 438 feet, the blast was the longest home run hit off Verlander since August of 2017 and the 5th-longest HR Verlander has allowed in the Statcast era...Went 3-for-3 with two walks with three runs scored and a double in a 10-1 Mariners win over the Rangers on Aug. 22...marked his 4th multi-hit game over a seven-game stretch (Aug. 16-22)...during that span, hit .565 (13x23) with 10 runs, one double, two home runs, four RBI, seven walks and one stolen base...In 36 games through Aug. 31, Lewis hit .328 (43x131) with 29 runs, two doubles, 8 home runs, 21 RBI, 21 walks and a .945 OPS (.418 OBP/.527 SLG)... among AL rookies, ranked 1st in runs, 1st in hits, 1st in batting average, 1st in on-base percentage, 1st in OPS, 2nd in home runs, 2nd in RBI and 2nd in slugging percentage... overall, ranked 2nd in the AL with a .328 batting average through the end of August, while leading the AL in runs scored and ranking T4th in hits, 5th in on-base percentage and T13th in home runs...Hit six home runs in the month of August this season and 6 home runs in the month of September last season…became one of three Mariners rookies in club history to hit at least 6 home runs in a calendar month on two occasions…he joined Alvin Davis (April 1984: 7, June 1984: 6) and José Cruz Jr. (June 1997: 6, July 1997: 6) in accomplishing the feat...Hit .313 (47x150) with 32 runs scored, two doubles, nine home runs, 23 walks and three stolen bases over his first 41 games of the season (7/24-9/8)…hit only .125 (7x56) with five runs scored, one double, two home runs, five RBI, 11 walks and two stolen bases over his final 17 games of the season, (9/9-27)...Recorded 2 season-high 10-game hitting streaks: July 24-Aug. 2 (.425/17x40, 7 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB) and Aug. 16-27 (.421/16x38, 14 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 BB, SB)…his streaks were the longest by a Mariners player this season…was one of only two players in the Majors this season to tally two separate 10-game hitting streaks in 2020 (also: Dansby Swanson-ATL)... Multi-Hit Madness – Recorded a team-best 15 multi-hit games, including 4 season-high 3-hit games: July 29 at LAA (3x5, R, RBI), Aug. 10 at TEX (3x5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB), Aug. 17 at LAD (3x4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB) and Aug. 22 vs. TEX (3x3, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB)... Clutch – In the 7th inning and later, hit .279 (17x61) with 14 runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, nine walks, a .366 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging percentage (.776 OPS)…ranks among the top-20 American League leaders in batting (18th) and hits (T12th) in the 7th inning and later...recorded eight go-ahead RBI and four game-winning RBI this season, while giving the Mariners the lead with 4 of his 11 home runs...Named Play of the Week by MLB on Sept. 21 after his grand slam home run robbing catch on Sept. 14 vs. OAK-G2 (Ramón Laureano in the first inning)…also robbed Jason Castro of a home run on Aug. 4 vs. Los Angeles-AL, making a leaping catch at the center field wall to bring the ball back and made another jumping catch at the wall on Aug. 18 at Los Angeles-NL, robbing Justin Turner to keep the score tied 0-0 in the 4th inning.
Hit .268 (19x71) with 10 runs, 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 13 RBI and 3 walks in 18 games with the Mariners...First player in Major League history to homer in 6 of his first 10 career games...Second player in big league history to homer in each of his first 3 career games (also: Trevor Story-COL, 2016)...Homered in each of his first 3 career games, 4 of his first 6, 5 of his first 8 and 6 of his first 10 games...Hit safely in 8 of his first 10 career games, batting .325 (13x40) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 6 home runs, 12 RBI and 2 walks...Hit his first career home run, a game-tying homer in the 5th inning, on September 10 vs. Cincinnati…his second home run was a go-ahead, 3-run home run in the 7th inning on September 11 vs. Cincinnati…became the 1st player in Major League history to hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the 5th inning or later in each of his first 2 games…via STATS LLC...First Mariner in club history to homer in 4 of first 6 career games and 4th Major Leaguer to do so (also: Trevor Story-COL, 5 G, 2016; Yordan Alvarez-HOU, 4 G, 2019; Sam Horn-BOS, 4 G, 1987)…via STATS LLC...His .592 slugging percentage ranks 2nd among Mariners rookies in the month of September, trailing only Mitch Haniger in 2017 (.635)...Had 4 extra-base hits in first 3 career games - first Mariner to do so - and 9 extra-base hits in first 10 career games - second Mariner to do so (also: Alvin Davis, 1984)...Made Major League debut on September 10 vs. Cincinnati, starting in right field…homered off Trevor Bauer in the 5th inning for first hit...- Hit the Mariners longest home run of the year, a 457-foot blast off Lucas Sims on September 12 vs. the Reds...Selected from Double-A Arkansas on September 10...In 122 games with Double-A Arkansas this season, hit .263 (120x457) with 61 runs, 25 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs, 62 RBI, 56 walks, a .342 on-base percentage and a .398 slugging percentage (.741 OPS)...Texas League Player of the Week for June 17-23 after batting .524 (11x21) with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 7 walks and a 1.262 OPS (.643 OBP / .619 SLG) in 6 games.
Split the year with High-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas, batting a combined .244 (80x328) with 39 runs, 26 doubles, 9 home runs and 52 RBI in 86 games…on Team USA at the All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park…Cal League North Division All-Star…on May 28 at Stockton, had one of the best games of his career: season-high 4 hits, first career multi-homer game and a career-high (tied) 5 RBI…promoted to Arkansas on July 21…began season on IL, April 5-May 12, with a bone spur in right knee.
Limited to 38 games with High-A Modesto due to injury…also appeared in 11 games with the AZL Mariners…on the IL, April 6 - June 11 and June 15 - July 13, with patella tendinitis in right knee…played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League and was 3-for-8 with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 RBI and 1 walk in 2 games.
Reached base safely in 26 of 30 games in first pro season with Short-A Everett... Northwest League All-Star (DNP, injury)…ranked T2nd in the Northwest League with 5 triples…injured in a collision at home plate on July 19 vs. Tri-City; did not play the remainder of the year…placed on the IL with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) as well as a torn medial & lateral meniscus in his right knee.