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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Ft. Myers

    Behind the Fence: Kohl Stewart Rehabs, New Draftees in Camp & Royce Lewis shines

    Royce Lewis At Bat

    In the last weekend before the Gulf Coast League opens up on Monday, the Twins played a five inning intersquad game on 6/24. With the Red Team taking on the Blue Team. The Starters for the teams were lefty Matt Jones (Red Team) and 2013 first rounder righty Kohl Stewart (Blue Team).

    Jones threw three innings while Stewart went five. Stewart's four seamer fastball was 90-93 mph with late life with his slider 79-83 mph and his cutter 85-87 mph. He did make 2017 1st rounder Royce Lewis look silly on a cutter in his first at bat. After the game Kohl said this was his last start down in Florida and is headed back to Chattanooga.

    In the field were several of the latest draft picks, 13th Rounder Jared Akins, 18th Rd Colton Burns 30th Rder Alex Robles, 38th Rder Ben Rodriguez as well as Austin Bizzle in the stands.

    The former first rounder raved about Lewis, saying the kid is the real deal. "He's got great hands and he's going to be dangerous once he starts to trust them." Kohl talked about Royce getting fooled on a cutter in his first at bat but then making the adjustment the next time he saw it driving it and was very impressed. As far as Lewis' speed, he's fast, very fast, maybe faster than Buxton and has a long stride. He stole a base on Stewart (near the 1:00 mark in video) and was practically standing on second by the time the ball was there despite a short lead. In the field, I saw Rolls Royce make a couple of routine plays, showing good footwork and natural instincts in charging a weakly hit grounder. His arm looked strong and accurate even when making throws on the run.

    Brusdar Graterol is slated to throw four innings in the GCL opener on Monday but he will not be the starter as that will go to an undisclosed rehab starter for one inning.

    Ben Rodriguez and Alex Robles

    Emmanuel Morel, Darling Cuesto, Victor Tademo, Dane Hutcheon

    Jose Bermudez and Brusdar Graterol

    Intrasquad Lineup Card 6/24/2017
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Central Iowa
    Lewis homered in his first professional at bat. I guess its downhill from here for him........

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    South Dakota
    he may have to lose that leg kick tho
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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