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Twins top prospect Royce Lewis underwent successful ACL surgery on Friday.
It's a brutal development for the 21-year-old, former No. 1 pick. Lewis was widely considered a top-25 prospect entering spring training. While he'll miss the entire 2021 campaign, it's likely that he'll be ready to go for 2022.
Twins top prospect Royce Lewis has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2021 season.
Lewis was feeling some soreness in his right knee upon arrival to spring training. The team ordered an MRI, which revealed the injury. It's a tough break for the 21-year-old top prospect, who had a chance to make his major league debut this season. The No. 1 pick from 2017, Lewis' last game action came in the Arizona Fall League at the end of 2019 (when he won league MVP).
Top prospect Royce Lewis was included in the Twins' 60-man roster for the 2020 season.
Like many MLB teams the Twins are using the taxi squad as a means to continue developing their top prospects. Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 draft, would likely need a couple of injuries to get a chance in the majors this season. He should be considered a good bet to start contributing in 2021, however.
Royce Lewis went 1-for-3 with a homer in the Twins' Grapefruit League game against the Phillies on Tuesday.
The homer was his second of the spring. Lewis, the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, is set to begin the season in Double-A. He'll likely be an everyday player for the Twins by the early part of the 2021 season.
Royce Lewis went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and three runs scored in the Twins' spring opener against the University of Minnesota on Friday.
The 20-year-old shortstop is considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Lewis had somewhat of a down season in 2019, batting .236/.290/.371 between High-A and Double-A. However, he rebounded in a big way in the Arizona Fall League en route to winning MVP. If he gets off to a strong start in Double-A again this year it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in the majors later this summer.