Top draft pick Royce Lewis goes 4-for-5 in MWL debut

Kernels shortstop Royce Lewis fields a ball in this Cedar Rapids Gazette photo by Stephen Mally. See more of Mally’s photos from Saturday’s Kernels-River Bandits game here.

Minnesota Twins prospect Royce Lewis — the No. 1 overall draft pick this year — made his Midwest League debut for the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday, and he didn’t disappoint.

Lewis went 4-for-5 (four singles and a strikeout) with a stolen base and a run batted in. He batted leadoff for the Kernels, who beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 9-1. Jimmy Kerrigan and Shane Carrier each homered and drove in two runs for the Kernels.

Lewis was promoted to the Midwest League from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, bypassing the short-season Appalachian League, which usually would be the next stop for Twins farmhands. He batted .271 with three homers, two triples, six doubles, 38 runs scored, 17 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases in 36 games in the GCL.

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