Twins No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis homers in first minor-league at-bat (vid)
Royce Lewis, the Minnesota Twins’ top pick in the 2017 MLB draft with the first overall selection, got his professional career off to a rollicking start by hitting a home run in his first at-bat with the Gulf Coast League rookie Twins squad.
Tracked down video of Royce Lewis' first professional at-bat. Home run that went in the 400 feet range. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/GsIZvN07ES
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) June 26, 2017
Lewis, whose round-tripper came in the first inning, not surprisingly was pretty pumped up about the homer.
“It was awesome,” Lewis told MiLB.com’s Danny Wild, via the Star Tribune. “You work so hard and finally become a player in the minors, and it’s a great start to your professional career. Rounding the bases, it felt amazing.”
Lewis also described the reception he received in the dugout after his home-run debut.
“That’s awesome bro, congrats, so excited for you, so happy for you,'” Lewis said of what his new teammates said to him upon returning to the dugout after his home run. “They called me ‘The Kid.’ They said, ‘The Kid’s back at it again!'”
Some eyebrows were raised when the Twins selected Lewis with the first overall pick in the MLB amateur draft earlier this month. This came after Brendan McKay rejected their offer and the Twins opted to pass on selecting arguably better prospects in Hunter Greene, and Kyle Wright.
But that’s not to say Lewis, rated by Baseball America heading into the draft as the No. 5 prospect, isn’t a talented ballplayer with a lot of upside in his own right.
Meet Royce Lewis – and #RememberTheName.
— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2017
Lewis went 2-for-4 in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles, adding a single to his magnificent first impression.