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Royce Lewis has torn ACL

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Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Royce Lewis will miss the 2021 season after suffering a torn ACL

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Royce Lewis of the Minnesota Twins has suffered a torn ACL, it was announced today. Lewis, a 21 year old infielder who was the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, is scheduled to have surgery on Friday and is expected to miss the season.

This is a pretty big blow for the Twins, as Lewis is a consensus top 30 prospect in MLB, and was reportedly expected to start the 2021 season in AA Wichita. Lewis is Rule 5 eligible this offseason, so a solid year from him likely would have resulted in him making his major league debut late this year. Instead, the Twins will likely end up rostering him after what will be his second year in a row of not playing in any official games, after the 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lewis was the #2 prospect in the Twins system in this year’s Baseball America rankings, behind Alex Kirilloff. Lewis’s strength is his speed and athleticism, which could be impacted going forward even once he has fully rehabbed and recovered. He’s also seen as someone who is relatively raw, particularly at the plate, and in need of plenty of reps, which makes another lost season even more disappointing.