Outfielder Kyle Lewis, the Seattle Mariners’ top selection of the 2016 amateur draft, made his California League debut Sunday night in the Modesto Nuts’ 3-2 loss to the Stockton Ports.
Lewis, last year’s Baseball America College Player of the Year out of Mercer University, was picked No. 11 overall. In just 30 games with the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League, he ad a slash line of .299/.385/.538 with three home runs and 26 RBIs. However, he severely damaged his right knee sliding into home on July 19, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the medial and lateral meniscus.
In addition to being the Player of the Year, Lewis was the 2016 Golden Spikes Award winner and a first-team All-American.
Lewis’ first at-bat in 2017 came in the bottom of the second and resulted in a six-pitch walk. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Snellville, Ga., was then cut down trying to steal. He was replaced in center field in the fourth inning by Willie Argo.
Lewis is expected to hit in the DH slot Monday as the Nuts begin a three-game set against the San Jose Giants at 7:05 p.m.
The Nuts own the best record in the California League at 35-28 and hold a two-game lead on the Stockton Ports in the race for North Division title.