Kyle Lewis – Outfield
The only candidate that may come rolling off the top of your mind is Kyle Lewis. The M’s representative at this year’s MLB Futures Game, who is currently playing the outfield down in Double-A Arkansas, for the Travelers. Lewis is currently the only Mariners prospect ranked in the MLB Pipeline Top-100 prospect list. Coming into the 2018 season, Lewis was listed at number 70.
A former triple crown winner in the Southern Conference while at Mercer, Lewis has the raw tools to make it in the major leagues. He still has quite a bit of work to do in order to fulfill his potential.
The righty slugger has struggled so far in his 35 games played for the Travelers. He’s batting .216, with four home runs and 20 RBI. The power is there and he has a nice swing, which has earned him favorable comparisons to another former Mariners prospect in Adam Jones (the one that got away). The positive is that Lewis is healthy after multiple procedures done on his knee.
Lewis is only 22 years old and I would like to believe that he will be staying at Arkansas to begin his 2019 campaign, with the hopes that he will join Triple-A Tacoma at some point next season. Knock on wood and cross your fingers that he remains healthy and will be a September call-up as soon as next season.
The Mariners prospect list currently ranks 28th in all of baseball ahead of only the Chicago Cubs (29th) and the Kansas City Royals (30th) according to milb.com. The future of the team is currently at least a year away from contributing.
Adding to the pressure, the 2019 campaign could be a make or break type of season for Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto. If the Mariners stumble or are not in contention for a playoff spot come trade deadline next season, we could see a rebuild and some of the young players getting a call-up sooner than anticipated.