TAYLOR LEWIS
CENTER FIELDER
Born: December 18, 1989
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 10th Round, 302nd Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Maine
Agent:  N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Lewis was rated the fifth best prospect in upper New England by Baseball America.  He’s a line drive hitter with gap power and some power potential, and he runs a 6.5 60 yard dash.  He is a good defender, with the exception of his arm.  He signed quickly after the draft.

2011
A-:  188/319/269, 186 AB, 1 2B, 7 3B, 34 BB, 43 K, 16-20, SB

Lewis got off to a miserable start at State College, hitting .105 in June, and never really broke out of it.  He drew a lot of walks and had only slightly fewer walks than strikeouts, but a little less than one strikeout every four ABs is a lot for somebody who’s not hitting for much power.  Lewis did show very good speed, between the triples and the steals.  He was the regular center fielder and recorded six assists with only one error.

2012
A:  244/309/368, 250 AB, 7 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 22 BB, 61 K, 20-24 SB

Lewis started 2012 in extended spring training and didn’t join West Virginia even when Josh Bell got hurt.  He finally joined the Power at the end of June, when Carlos Mesa moved up to Bradenton.  He started off hot, but slumped in July before rebounding a little in August.  He had an OK walk rate, stole bases very well, and showed some gap power, but he struck out a lot.  He had no platoon split at all.  Lewis played mainly left, but saw some time in right and played center when Gregory Polanco was hurt.

2013
A+:  207/265/334, 323 AB, 11 2B, 12 3B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 103 K, 17-20 SB

Lewis opened the season as Bradenton’s left fielder.  He struggled all year, except for a good month of July when he hit 269/361/442.  He had only a small platoon split as he didn’t hit anybody well.  Lewis continued to show good speed, leading the league easily in triples and stealing bases effectively.

Lewis didn’t make any progress in 2013 and likely will be an organizational outfielder if he returns in 2014.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2010 .369 .430 .626 214 14 13 5 23 36 21 1
2011 .287 .367 .412 216 8 5 3 28 31 20 4
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:  $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017.
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014.
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 302nd overall pick; signed on June 13.