Shortstop Royce Lewis finds out he’s joining Twins: ‘Shocked’

With infielder Luis Arraez on the Covid roster, the Twins called up top prospect Royce Lewis to take his place on the roster. Lewis, 22, played his first Triple-A season at St. Paul, hitting .310 with three home runs and 11 RBIs for the Saints. Lewis turns 23 next month.

We caught up with Lewis ahead of Friday’s game against Oakland at Target Field.

***Click the video box above to watch Lewis’ pre-game media session***

After a year without minor league competition in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis then tore the ACL in his right knee during an agility drill during off-season training before returning. showing up for spring training last year. He has spent the entire 2021 season recovering from reconstructive surgery.

Lewis is the Twins’ top prospect, ranked 44th overall by MLB. The Twins made him the first pick in the 2017 draft.

“We’re squeezed into a situation now where he has to step in and leave,” Twins president Derek Falvey said. “He’s going to have good days, and he’s going to have bad days.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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