Kyle Lewis

Kyle Lewis

29-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kyle Lewis in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2023. Released by the Diamondbacks in November of 2023.
Non-tendered by Arizona
DHFree Agent  
November 17, 2023
Lewis became a free agent after being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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Lewis won American League Rookie of the Year honors with the Mariners in 2020, but he's slashed just .150/.216/.280 over 116 major-league plate appearances since the beginning of the 2022 campaign. The 28-year-old played in only 16 games with the NL champions in 2023.
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+12%
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+107%
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+44%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .530 44 3 1 2 0 .209 .227 .302
Since 2022vs Right .474 72 5 3 5 0 .109 .208 .266
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2023vs Left .599 29 2 1 2 0 .214 .241 .357
2023vs Right .290 25 0 0 0 0 .087 .160 .130
2022vs Left .400 15 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2022vs Right .576 47 5 3 5 0 .122 .234 .341
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Since 2022Home .601 51 4 2 4 0 .196 .275 .326
Since 2022Away .415 65 4 2 3 0 .115 .169 .246
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2023Away .458 41 2 1 2 0 .132 .195 .263
2022Home .653 38 4 2 4 0 .182 .289 .364
2022Away .342 24 2 1 1 0 .087 .125 .217
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kyle Lewis See More
College Baseball Best Bets for Golden Spikes Award & Conference Champs
154 days ago
John Venezia continues his College Baseball Futures series with a look at his favorite Conference Champion bets and Golden Spikes Award picks headlined by Florida's Jac Caglianone.
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332 days ago
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July 2, 2023
Jan Levine lets us know about a few NLers primed to make their returns.
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May 30, 2023
Ryan Boyer steps in with his deep dive into the National League's Lineup Lowdown, including a look at Mookie Betts trending toward eligibility at three positions.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
May 21, 2023
Dan Marcus profiles a couple NLers who could soon be back in the bigs.
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The knock on Lewis has always been his health, and he once again struggled with that in 2022 appearing in just 60 games between Triple-A and the majors before Seattle decided to trade him to Arizona over the winter for Cooper Hummel. It was not like Seattle did not give Lewis every chance to claim a job, but his body simply never did. He has always had the raw tools to be an exciting player and we virtually saw that come to play in his 2020 ROY campaign, but have since been left looking back rather than forward. He has amassed a full season of stats across four years and has hit .244/.329/.432 over nearly 530 plate appearances with 25 homers through all the aches and pains. If Arizona could somehow help him avoid injuries, Lewis presents strong upside late in drafts because of what he could become but have a solid backup plan on your bench if 2023 becomes another installment of life on the IL.
Lewis did not have a good follow-up to his AL Rookie of the Year campaign from 2020 as he made it just 36 games into 2021 before a meniscus tear ended his season. At the time, he was making better contact than he had as a rookie and still earning his walks, but Lewis was struggling to match his overall hitting performance from the previous season. Given his injury history, particularly with his legs, he could see time as the DH should the club decide not to sign someone full-time for the role and instead use it as a rotating day off for the other position players. He's not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and it's unclear exactly how much time he'll miss to open the campaign. Lewis has as much upside as anyone on this club, but he has always struggled to stay on the field over the course of a full season. He is reserve-round material in mixed formats until further notice.
Lewis came out of the gate red hot, peaking at .368/.456/.585 a month into the season. He posted a .150/.265/.280 slash the final month but hung on to take home AL Rookie of the Year honors. The primary difference between the two halves was contact as Lewis fanned at a 22.4% clip early and 36.8% pace late, though it's encouraging he maintained a 14% walk rate throughout both stretches. While natural skills growth could soften the blow, Lewis' 40th percentile average exit velocity and 30th percentile hard-hit rate do not support his 2020 marks of a .341 BABIP and 22.0% HR/FB. After slugging 17 homers in his first 317 PA, Lewis appears to be on a 30-homer-per-season track and he may settle there. To do so, he'll need to be more consistent with his contact and hit the ball with more authority. The tools are there, and the early market considers it a foregone conclusion, but it's not.
Lewis did his best Austin Riley/Aristides Aquino impression after getting the call Sept. 9, launching six homers in his first 10 big-league games. And like those aforementioned names, Lewis then hit the skids, though over a much smaller sample. In total, Lewis was 27% better than league average during his run in September, but he had a strikeout rate pushing 40% and a walk rate of just 4%. His walk rate was much better at Double-A -- in the double digits -- but his K-rate was still close to 30% against Double-A arms. This level of swing and miss should give you pause. Lewis has squeezed a lot out of his limited contact in recent years, not just during his time with the big club, but there's basically no floor to stand on here. The good thing is that in the range where Lewis will be going in 2020 redraft leagues, floor isn't all that important. Look for Lewis to compete for a starting role in camp.
A variety of factors converged for Lewis’ 2017 to be pretty underwhelming, as he joined the other top outfielders from the 2016 draft (Mickey Moniak, Corey Ray, Blake Rutherford) who saw their dynasty-league stock take a significant hit. He returned from ACL reconstruction surgery in mid June, but missed time at several points in the season with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, and when he played, he clearly didn’t have the same explosiveness in his lower half. Lewis was also sent straight to High-A after never playing above short-season ball, so the aggressive jump in competition didn’t help matters. It could simply be chalked up as a lost season, but a 22-year-old hitter with barely any full-season success on his resume is a tough sell in shallower leagues. Plus-plus raw power remains, but he faces an uphill battle to renew the promise of a future middle-of-the-order right fielder. He tweaked his knee again and was sent home from the Arizona Fall League, so health concerns persist.
The Mariners selected Lewis, the college hitter with the most realistic in-game power in the class, with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He got off to a great start to his career before everything came to a screeching halt in late July. He required ACL reconstruction surgery after suffering a horrific right knee injury that also included tears to his medial and lateral meniscus during a slide in a game for short-season Everett. In the 20 games before the injury, Lewis hit .364 with a 1.114 OPS and was likely on the verge of a promotion to Low-A Clinton. His offseason recovery is on track, and he is expected to be back to full strength in July or August of this season. There will be some rust to knock off, and he may have less than two months of minor league game action waiting for him when he returns, so 2017 could amount to a lost season. However, the upside of a cleanup-hitting outfielder with an all-fields approach remains, and dynasty league owners would be wise to take the long view.
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Returns to Reno
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 21, 2023
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Two hits in win
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 17, 2023
Lewis started at designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-7 win over Colorado.
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Recalled from Triple-A
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 14, 2023
Lewis was recalled Monday from Triple-A Reno, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Optioned to Reno
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
August 3, 2023
Arizona optioned Lewis to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
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Recalled to Arizona
DHArizona Diamondbacks  
July 31, 2023
The Diamondbacks recalled Lewis from Triple-A Reno on Monday.
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Role uncertain
DHSeattle Mariners  
October 27, 2022
Lewis doesn't have a clear place on the Mariners' roster heading into 2023, per Corey Brock of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The AL Rookie of the Year in 2020, Lewis posted a .725 OPS in 36 games during 2021 and was limited to only 18 big-league games last season. Lewis spent most of the first half on the injured list and was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma in early August. The 27-year-old hit well for the Rainiers with a .245/.362/.517 slash line and 12 home runs in 42 games, but his defensive limitations and injury concerns obstruct his path back to the majors. Seattle also has a slew of young outfield options, so it's possible Lewis could be moved to another team during the offseason.
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