Kyle Lewis, the Seattle Mariners’ first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, was all smiles when he walked up to the plate for his first big league at-bat on Monday night at T-Mobile Park.
The smile was noticeably bigger after his second trip to the plate.
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The 24-year-old Lewis crushed a 2-0, middle-high fastball from Reds All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer in the fifth inning, depositing his first MLB home run into the Mariners bullpen.
Not only was it a milestone homer for Lewis, but it was an important one for the Mariners. It pulled them into a 1-1 tie at the time with Cincinnati and was the team’s first hit off of Bauer.
It was an impressive blast from Lewis, going 426 feet with an exit velocity of 106.2 mph, that showed why the Mariners took the standout from small Mercer University in Georgia with the 11th overall selection in 2016. He was the first Mariners draft pick under current general manager Jerry Dipoto.
Lewis’ debut was no doubt a special moment for a player whose pro career got off to anything but a smooth start. Just 30 games into his first season, Lewis sustained a catastrophic knee injury on a slide and collision at the plate while playing for the short-season Single-A Everett AquaSox. He tore his ACL, medial meniscus and lateral meniscus all on the play, requiring surgery and a lengthy rehab period. In fact, he wasn’t fully healthy until this year, even needing an additional arthroscopic surgery last year to clean up his knee. That makes 2019 his first full pro season, and it’s been a memorable one.
Lewis joined the Mariners on Tuesday along with three teammates from Double-A Arkansas – pitchers Justin Dunn and Art Warren …read more
Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports