Royce Oliver Lewis...Instagram: @roycelewis...2017 graduate of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA...rated as a top prospect in the 2017 draft by MLB.com...played third base and centerfield at the start of his high school career before playing solely shortstop as a senior...named 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in California and Trinity League Player of the Year for third consecutive season...also named Los Angeles Times High School Player of the Year as a junior in 2016, after hitting .429 with nine doubles and four home runs...named MVP of the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field and the Perfect Game All-American Classic MVP at PETCO Park...member of the gold medal-winning USA Baseball 18U National Team that defeated Cuba in October for the 2016 COPABE Pan American AAA Championship...his father, William, played football at Fullerton College and Chico State University, and his mother, Cindy, played softball at U.S. International and San José State University...became sixth player ever selected in the draft out of JSerra Catholic High School, and the highest since catcher Austin Hedges was selected by the Padres in second round in 2011...played a lot of mini golf and bowling during the summer of 2021 while recovering from right ACL surgery, helping fuel his competitive side...assigned uniform No. 4 for 2020 and ’21 spring training but changed to 23 after the Twins signed Carlos Correa on March 20, 2022.
Missed entire season after suffering a torn right ACL, an injury he suffered while slipping on the ice during a winter storm at his Frisco, TX home...had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on February 26...Added to Twins 40-man roster on November 19...Ranked second-best prospect, fastest baserunner and best athlete in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2022...Ranked 46th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, entering 2022 and first in Twins system.
Was an invite to Twins spring training...Added to 60-man Player Pool and spent season at alternate training site in St. Paul, MN...Ranked second best prospect, best athlete, best defensive infielder and fastest baserunner in Twins system by Baseball America (23rd overall prospect in baseball)...also ranked Twins number one prospect by MLB.com (7th in baseball).
Entered season ranked as fifth best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, eighth best by Baseball Prospectus and ninth best by Baseball America...began third professional season with Single-A Ft. Myers...named Twins minor league Player of the Week July 14, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two walks, two home runs and three RBI for the Miracle...named Florida State League Midseason All-Star with Ft. Myers...played for AL Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, going 1-for-2 and finishing the game at shortstop...promoted to Double-A Pensacola July 28, where he finished the season...combined to hit .236 (122-for-517) with 26 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 49 RBI, 73 runs scored, 38 walks and 22 stolen bases in 127 games between Ft. Myers and Pensacola...hit .315 (39-for-124) vs. left-handed pitching and .211 (83-for-393) vs. right-handed pitching...hit .400 (8-for-20) with two doubles, one home run, three RBI, three walks and a 1.128 OPS in five playoff games for the Blue Wahoos...played in 22 games for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .353 (30-for-85) with nine doubles, three home runs, 20 RBI, nine walks, 21 runs scored and a .975 OPS...named Hitter of the Week once...named AFL Player of the Week October 13, AFL Most Valuable Player, AFL Rising Stars Team and Rising Stars MVP...named shortstop on Twins MiLB.com organization All-Star team...named top prospect, best hitter for power, fastest baserunner and best athlete in Twins minor league system by Baseball America following season.
Began season with Single-A Cedar Rapids...named Twins minor league Player of the Week April 28, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with six RBI, three stolen bases and four runs scored in five games for the Kernels...hit first professional grand slam June 5 vs. Beloit...hit .330 (30-for-91) with 10 doubles, five home runs, 22 RBI and 20 runs scored in 23 June games for the Kernels...reached base safely in 18 straight games June 12-July 5, posting a .476 on-base percentage in that span...named Midwest League Midseason All-Star...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers July 14... named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 11, hitting .345 (10-for-29) with one triple, two home runs, six RBI, five walks and seven runs scored in seven games for the Miracle...recorded two multi-homer games: May 27 vs. Clinton with Cedar Rapids and August 6 at Lakeland with Ft. Myers...combined to hit .292 (141-for-483) with 29 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 74 RBI, 83 runs scored, 43 walks and a .352 onbase percentage in 121 games between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers...hit .307 (116-for-378) vs. right-handed pitching and .238 (25-for-105) vs. left-handed pitching...named Low Class-A All-Star by Baseball America...named Midwest League Postseason All-Star...named to Twins MiLB.com organization All-Star team...named Midwest League Prospect of the Year...ranked top prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2019.
Began professional career with the GCL Twins...had multiple hits in four of his first six games...hit home run in his first career plate appearance...promoted to Single-A Cedar Rapids August 12...collected four hits in his first game with Kernels...following season named a Rookie All-Star by Baseball America...finished season with second most runs (38) and fifth most stolen bases (15) in GCL...ranked top prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2018; also among all of major/minor league baseball ranked 24th best by Baseball America, 20th by MLB. com and 27th by Baseball Prospectus.