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Mercer junior outfielder Kyle Lewis was named the 2016 Golden Spikes Award winner. Lewis, selected 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 MLB Draft, was selected over Clemson’s Seth Beer, Louisville’s Corey Ray, and Florida’s Logan Shore.”(These) are four tremendous ambassadors of amateur baseball at the collegiate level,” said Paul Seiler, CEO of USA Baseball. “

 

 

 

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All four of these young men represent their universities and families with remarkable class and we are honored to celebrate their accomplishments. “Kyle’s season stood out above three other well-deserving candidates and we are delighted to present him with the Golden Spikes Award.”

The award is given annually to the nation’s top Div. 1 baseball player. Lewis becomes the first player ever out of Mercer to win the award. He was also named the Southern Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. This year, Lewis batted .395 with 20 home runs. He also had a 48-game on-base streak while logging a school record of 66 walks.

Kyle Lewis (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Seattle Mariners organization. He played college baseball at Mercer.

Lewis attended Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia. He played both baseball and basketball in high school.  He chose baseball over basketball and attended Mercer University, where he played college baseball for the Bears. As a freshman in 2014, he appeared in 42 games with 17 starts and hit .281/.340/.382 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in (RBI) over 89 at-bats.  As a sophomore in 2015 he played in 54 games, hitting .367/.423/.677 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI. He was the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year and was the co-winner of the Gregg Olson Award.  After the season he played in the Cape Cod League.  As a junior he hit .395/.535/.731 with 20 home runs and 72 RBI. He was the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year for the second straight year and was the Baseball America College Player of the Year.

Lewis was drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.  He made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox.

FROM THE MOUTH OF MR. LEWIS:

I’ve played baseball for a while, but never on any serious level. I just played rec ball, never on any travel teams. I’d play baseball in the spring, but after that it was just basketball in the summers and falls.

In about the fall of eleventh grade, I started to realize that I could be good at baseball if I applied myself, so I got on a travel team for the first time. Going into my senior year I really started to focus on it.

In about the fall of eleventh grade, I started to realize that I could be good at baseball if I applied myself, so I got on a travel team for the first time. Going into my senior year I really started to focus on it.

In the outfield I’m fast, but I have long legs, so it takes a couple steps to get going, so as far as stolen bases I’m not there yet. From first to third, I’m fast; from second to home, I’m fast. I just need to get that first step going better. Next year I’m looking for 15-20 stolen bases, so I am working on some footwork and agility this offseason. Hopefully next year, my speed will be able to show up in my complete game.

My two things I want to work on are stolen bases and arm strength, he says.  I mean, I have the arm strength, but I need to work on getting my feet in the right position, because sometimes my feet get out of whack on throws. So once I really tighten up the footwork, I think the arm strength will show.

JUST A FEW WORDS FROM THE PAST. YES, THE SEATTLE MARINERS GOT A TRUE GEM AT #11 IN THE MLB 2016 DRAFT. CONGRATS TO KYLE LEWIS , HIS FAMILY, AND ALSO, THE SEATTLE MARINERS.