1st-round pick Lewis to have season-ending knee surgery

22-year-old outfielder injured in home-plate collision

July 21st, 2016

SEATTLE -- Mariners first-round Draft pick Kyle Lewis will miss the remainder of the season after a home-plate collision on Tuesday resulted in a knee injury that will require surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as well as a torn medial and lateral meniscus.

Lewis, the No. 11 overall pick in last month's Draft, had put up a.299/.385/.530 line with three homers and 26 RBIs in his first 30 games with Short-A Everett. The 22-year-old center fielder recently was named USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Winner as the best college player in 2016 for Mercer University in Georgia.

"It's a heartbreaking injury for a guy that just signed and was cresting," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He was having the year of his life, winner of the Golden Spikes. He was off to a tremendous start, north of a .900 OPS for Everett and giving us every reason to believe he was exactly the player we thought when we drafted him."

The Mariners didn't set an immediate timeframe on how long Lewis might be sidelined.

"He will heal and get better, we'll just have to give him the time to do that," said Dipoto.