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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Twins prospect Royce Lewis, the No. 1 pick in 2017 draft, tears ACL and will likely miss 2021 season

Shortstop Royce Lewis, one of the Twins’ top prospects, has torn his ACL and will likely miss the entire 2021 season, Twins president Derek Falvey told reporters, including Betsy Helfand of the of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Wednesday. Lewis, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2017 draft out of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Thanks to the pandemic, we didn’t get to see his progress at the minor-league level last season, but Lewis played 127 games between Class A-Advanced and Double-A in 2019, hitting .236/.290/.371 with 26 doubles, four triples, 12 homers, 49 RBI, 73 runs and 22 steals.

It’s true that those numbers aren’t very impressive, but Lewis also tore it up in the Arizona Fall League following the regular season, slashing .353/.411/.565 with 20 RBI and 21 runs in his 22 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2021 at 11:55 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: February 24, 2021 at 12:13 PM (#6006519)
I don't think I've ever seen Junipero Serra written as JSerra.
   2. gef, talking mongoose & suburban housewife Posted: February 24, 2021 at 12:20 PM (#6006524)
A ... not very illustrious lawyer named Royce Lewis was practicing in Little Rock when I covered the courts back in the mid-to-late '80s. Not sure what offensive numbers he put up.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: February 24, 2021 at 01:45 PM (#6006541)
Only three of the last eight #1 picks have played in the major leagues, and only one of the three (Dansby Swanson, with 7.5) has more than 0.1 WAR.
   4. bfan Posted: February 24, 2021 at 01:51 PM (#6006546)
Only three of the last eight #1 picks have played in the major leagues, and only one of the three (Dansby Swanson, with 7.5) has more than 0.1 WAR.


3 busts among the 8 (Apple; Aiken; and Moniak); it is a little too early on the 2018-2020 picks.
   5. LargeBill Posted: February 24, 2021 at 01:58 PM (#6006550)
1. flournoy Posted: February 24, 2021 at 12:13 PM (#6006519)
I don't think I've ever seen Junipero Serra written as JSerra.


I haven't either. Relatedly, has any other school produced as many high-quality talents as Junipero Serra (Bonds, Brady, Swann, Fregosi, etc)? McClymonds High in Oakland (Bill Russell, Frank Robinson) has to be the closest competition. For comparison, my high school's Wikipedia list of notable alumni has four names and half are Youtube celebrities.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 24, 2021 at 02:14 PM (#6006559)
I don't think I've ever seen Junipero Serra written as JSerra

The future's not ours to see.
   7. Cooper Teenoh Posted: February 24, 2021 at 02:47 PM (#6006568)
Lewis didn't go to the same Junipero Serra HS as the other notables. That one is is the Bay Area, and the one he went to is in San Juan Capistrano. Notable Alums include Austin Hedges, Dante Pettis (NFL WR) and Actor Kyler Pettis (sons of Gary Pettis), Dennis Rodman Jr, and Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, daughter of Albert II, Prince of Monaco.
   8. aberg Posted: February 24, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6006569)
Next you're going to tell me that you've never heard of gin distilled with JBerries.
   9. flournoy Posted: February 24, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6006571)
Out of curiosity, is Junipero Serra a famous and noteworthy name to anyone here who didn't go to elementary school in California? Fourth grade social studies was half Junipero Serra and the missions, and half California gold rush. But I don't really remember learning about him at any other point.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 24, 2021 at 02:57 PM (#6006572)
Out of curiosity, is Junipero Serra a famous and noteworthy name to anyone here who didn't go to elementary school in California?

I've heard of him for the missions, but I don't think he was ever covered in school.
   11. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: February 24, 2021 at 03:18 PM (#6006580)
I thought that Lewis was a terrible mistake of a signing at the time, and nothing since then has indicated otherwise. Of course, I thought they should have taken Greene, and that hasn't worked out too well, either.
   12. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: February 24, 2021 at 03:54 PM (#6006587)
I kind of suspect that the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" drives a lot of the Google searches for the guy these days.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 24, 2021 at 03:58 PM (#6006588)
Out of curiosity, is Junipero Serra a famous and noteworthy name to anyone here who didn't go to elementary school in California?
I can say that his fame did not reach east-central Illinois.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2021 at 03:59 PM (#6006589)
#3: Kinda true of those entire first rounds. Among high picks, Bryant and Bregman stand way out front. The other stars/potential tended to be late picks -- Judge, Buehler, Chapman, Will Smith. Compared with Tatis, Soto, Acuna, Robert, the young superstars aren't coming out of the draft.
   15. sunday silence (again) Posted: February 24, 2021 at 08:07 PM (#6006644)

Out of curiosity, is Junipero Serra a famous and noteworthy name to anyone here who didn't go to elementary school in California?


we most definitely learned of Father Serra in social studies in elementary school in the early/mid 70s in western PA. But like most things you study, social studies and/or history was just a litany of names, places, dates. I doubt many of us could tell you what he did, or what his issues were, just his name, his place: California, and his time period: late 18th cent. I think?
   16. DCA Posted: February 24, 2021 at 09:16 PM (#6006655)
3 busts among the 8 (Apple; Aiken; and Moniak); it is a little too early on the 2018-2020 picks.

Appel and Aiken, sure. But while Moniak has been disappointing, it's too early to call him a bust. He's still a legit prospect, and could turn out to be an average starting OF for a half-decade. You want more from a #1 pick, but you could do a whole lot worse (see Appel and Aiken).
   17. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2021 at 05:29 PM (#6006800)
Moniak has been in only one top 100 list since 2017. MLB.com had him #12 for the Phils last year. He's still only 23 but I'm not sure we can call him a "legit" prospect at this point.
   18. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: February 26, 2021 at 09:07 AM (#6006860)
Moniak did look better in AA, but we're still talking about an outfielder hitting .252/.303/.439.

His projections aren't very optimistic, either. ZiPS has him slated for a 72 wRC+ while Steamer has him pegged at a 68 wRC+. Even FanGraphs has him as a 45 FV prospect.
   19. Laser Man Posted: February 26, 2021 at 01:18 PM (#6006895)
[7] Yes, the school in San Juan Capistrano calls itself JSerra to distinguish itself from the Bay Area Junipero Serra High School. JSerra has only been around since 2003.
   20. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 26, 2021 at 08:55 PM (#6006945)
I know Junipero Serra because I lived near a highway named after him in college, then moved 600 miles north to discover I still lived near a highway named after him, so I looked him up. It's the same highway. I was never more than four blocks away.
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 26, 2021 at 09:49 PM (#6006947)
Out of curiosity, is Junipero Serra a famous and noteworthy name to anyone here who didn't go to elementary school in California?

I had never heard of him, other than the fact that there was a HS with that name, until this thread.

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