SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following medical update on outfielder Kyle Lewis:
Lewis, 21, was injured in a collision at home plate on July 19 while playing for the Everett AquaSox. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) as well as a torn medial & lateral meniscus in his right knee.
He is not expected to play the remainder of the 2016 minor league season.
Lewis was hitting .299 (35×117) with 26 runs, 8 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 26 RBI and a .915 OPS in 30 games with the Short-A Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League.
The Mariners drafted him in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Mercer University. He was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year, was a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and was selected as a First Team All-America by Baseball America following his recently completed junior season. The Mercer centerfielder was the winner of USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award