Lewis’ journey to the big leagues has been a rollercoaster. After being picked right out of JSerra High School in Southern California where he earned several highly acclaimed awards, he was placed on the Gulf Coast League Twins of the Rookie-level class of the minors. It took him just two months to get promoted to Single-A.
During his 2018 campaign in the minors, Lewis ended up getting promoted to High-A and was named the 10th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. In 2019, he was named the fifth-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, and was invited to 2019 Future’s Game, as well as getting promoted to Double-A ball.
After his pandemic-erased 2020 season, early 2021 seemed as though everything was getting back to normal and Lewis would make his jump to the bigs, but the talented prospect ended up tearing his ACL, effectively ending his season before it even began.
By the time Lewis recovered, he hadn’t played baseball for two years, but as soon as he came back, he hit the ground running. Lewis started the season off in Triple-A, and it looked like he didn’t lose a step. In 24 games, he batted .310, with three home runs, and 11 RBI, with an on-base percentage of .430, and a slugging percentage of .563, earning him the call.
In the 11 games that he suited up for the Twins, he was able to post a .308 batting average, with two home runs, five RBI, a .325 on-base percentage, and a .564 slugging percentage.
Even with the hot start, Lewis was sent back down to Triple-A last Wednesday — a move that has been widely criticized throughout Major LEague Baseball. The reason was due to the return of their star shortstop Carlos Correa from the injured list. The Twins signed Correa to a 3-year contract. The player Lewis said on draft night that he wants to model his shortstop game after is the one who is expected to be the Twins starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.
Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school. But the Twins, who lead the AL Central, classified him as a shortstop. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lewis hit .377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra, establishing himself as a top prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat.
The question now is where does that leave Lewis? Will he be moved to second base or possibly the outfield? Or, could he be used as a trade asset if the Twins try to make a push? Either way, whatever ends up happening to Lewis, he has a bright future ahead of him.
MLBbro Cole Tucker is on his way back to the minor leagues. According to reports, on Thursday, infielder Rodolfo Castro was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis, and the Pittsburgh Pirates utility player was optioned to Indianapolis.
Tucker was very optimistic entering the season but got off to a rough start offensively. He’s struggled to find a rhythm at the plate and that can be frustrating for any hitter. In 18 games between shortstop, second base and right field, Tucker slashed just .175/.175/.222 with no homers or walks, just two RBIs and a 39.7% strikeout rate
MLB Clock Was Ticking: Forget Switch-Hitting
Tucker could hear the minor league grim reaper getting closer and knew something needed to change at the plate for him to have success, so he abandoned switch-hitting in hopes of regaining a steady, productive stroke from one side of the plate
For his career, Tucker’s hitting .192 from the right side, so one can imagine why he wants to swing from the left side of the plate.
“I’m tired of getting the bat shoved up my butt right-handed, bluntly,” Tucker said in an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I just want to give myself the best chance I can to succeed, and right now I think that’s left-handed.”
Since he made his debut with the Pirates in 2019, Tucker has struggled to have success consistently in the big leagues. But despite his demotion, the Pirates are still high on Tucker. There have been spurts throughout his career where he’s shown signs of promise. The Pirates aren’t giving up on him just yet.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said he sent Tucker down to get consistent at-bats and work on his lefty swing more consistently.
“In fairness to him, we need to give him an opportunity to work on it probably in an environment that’s a little bit different than here,” Shelton said.
This move that Tucker is making at the plate could be what he just needs.
The Pirates aren’t in a position to give up on young talent, so Tucker will be back. For now, he can spend more time practicing his new approach, without the pressures of producing on a major league level for a team that despite its record is only 6.5 games out of first.
“You’ve just got to go into it with that attitude and that mindset of confidence and coming at it from a place of power,” Tucker said. “It got to the point where I was feeling like, man, I kind of feel like I would feel better hitting left-handed against this guy than right-handed. That’s kind of how we got here.”
The Show is no rodeo for MLBbros. Wishing Tucker the best of luck and a quick return to the big club. By the way, having actress Vanessa Hudgens as a girlfriend is not a bad consolation prize.
Tim Anderson has embraced playing in the city of Chicago and over the past few years, he’s become one of the most exciting players to watch in all of baseball.
The White Sox have been looking for the player who brings that emotion and swag to the game, and Anderson is the perfect player.
Our MLBbro put together an impressive season last year where he hit .309 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 18 stolen bases. He also was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
There’s no question that he’s made an impact on the field, the numbers don’t lie.
But is Anderson still considered underrated?
For the past three seasons, he’s batted over .300 and during that span he received some honors as well. In 2019 he was crowned the American League batting champion after hitting .335 through 123 games.
During the COVID-shortened season in 2020 he won a Silver Slugger Award after hitting .322 with 10 home runs in 49 games.
His career numbers have been impressive too. Going into his seventh season, Anderson has a .286 batting average with 93 home runs and 234 RBI.
It’s no surprise that Anderson can swing the bat, he’s shown us that he’s been one of the top hitters the past few seasons and he doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. And he can do more than just hit to get on base. He has pop in his bat and that should not go unnoticed.
One thing that makes Anderson stick out from others is his passion for the game. He will certainly let you know how he’s feeling out on that field when he’s fired up. Anderson’s passion has garnered more attention than his high level of baseball skill so far this season.
He started the season by serving a suspension for making contact with an umpire last season. Minor offense but detracts from his excellence. Then flipping the bird at opposing fans after he botched four plays in two games, which resulted in another suspension.
That kind of emotion comes with the package, but Anderson’s ability should be leading the headlines. Not his hot head. Baseball needs all of the swag it can get, but it must be channeled properly.
Whether he’s hitting a walk-off home run or making a game saving play at short, Anderson’s energy is not overlooked. He also has that confidence and swag that he carries with him all the time and let’s be real, that’s what baseball needs and has been missing for a while.
And Anderson just doesn’t talk the talk, he can back it up with his play too.
If he wasn’t playing at a high-level like he’s been doing, then an argument could be made about him not performing on the field, but that’s not the case.
When you think of the top shortstops in the league today, Anderson deserves to be in that conversation.
He’s a proven leader and he has the numbers to show for it as well.
For those who are still sleeping on Anderson, y’all need to put some respect on this man’s name.
Anderson will have a long career in the league and if he can remain healthy, he can continue to rack up more awards and play in many more All-Star Games.
This MLBbro has impacted the game and made it more exciting for fans to watch and he’s doing all this while giving back to the community where he plays too.
Anderson will be a player that people will talk about long after he’s done playing.