2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Lewis

By: Burke Granger

Kyle Lewis – OF – Mercer.  6’4″ 210.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  DOB: July 13, 1995.  Last Drafted:  Never.

SCOUTED:  Mercer Bears @ Butler Bulldogs: May 14, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Undrafted out of Shiloh HS in Snellville, Georgia, Lewis went to nearby Mercer University where he had a solid but unspectacular freshman season before bursting onto the scene as a sophomore.

In 2015 Lewis hit .367/.423/.677 with 17 home runs on his way to being named the Southern Conference Player of the Year.  He leveraged his breakout season into an opportunity to play in the Cape Cod League last summer where he continued to impress.

Dominating a small conference is one thing, it’s quite another to do it in the Cape against a higher and more consistent level of competition.  Lewis hit .300/.344/.500 with 7 home runs and was a league All-Star.

Lewis has been even better as a junior, ranking among the national leaders in home runs and batting average.  Lewis has some swing and miss to his game; striking out about 16% of the time in 2015 and 2016, though he’s been more selective this season.  In 2015 Lewis posted a 2.16 K/BB ratio and he’s improved that significantly this season to 0.75.

*Stats through June 7, 2016.

YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2014
.281
.340
.382
3
0
2
17
9
17
2/5
2015
.367
.423
.677
19
0
17
56
19
41
3/8
2016
.395
.535
.731
11
2
20
72
66
48
6/11

HITTING:  Lewis has what you’d call a busy swing.  As you can see from the video above, Lewis has a whole lot of movement going on in the batter’s box and not all of it is good.  His hands are all over the place and he employs an exaggerated leg kick.  Though he suffers from restless hand syndrome, Lewis gets himself into a fairly consistent load position.  Strikeouts will continue to be part of his game as a professional.

POWER:  Though Lewis is 6’4″, his swing doesn’t have the length as some players his size.  He uses exceptionally quick bat speed and a slightly whiplike stroke to generate some of the better power in this draft class.  Lewis has loft to his swing that borders on dropping his back shoulder.

SPEED:  Lewis didn’t get too many opportunities to display his speed when I saw him, though he appeared to be an astute baserunner.  Most reports that I’ve read on Lewis list him as an average runner.

DEFENSE:  Lewis plays centerfield for the Bears where he gets good reads, though many evaluators believe he’ll end up in right field.

ARM:  Lewis has an above average arm that will be playable regardless of which outfield spot he calls home as a professional.

FUTURE:  The fact that Lewis is dominating lesser competition poses a challenge for evaluators, but his strong Cape Cod League performance against peers has done wonders for his stock.  In a draft lacking collegiate power, Lewis is an attractive option who is currently looking like a top 10 pick.  I don’t often throw around comps, but I’ve seen a Jermaine Dye comp on Lewis a few times and I don’t disagree.  Like Dye, I see Lewis as an everyday right fielder and occasional All-Star with power.

DISCLAIMER:  It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  I do however actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

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