No. 1 overall prospect bounces back from back-to-back ACL injuries, setbacks

Major League Baseball’s top prospect, Royce Lewis (24-Minnesota), hit a home run upon his return from injury. For the second year in a row, he bounced back from an injury. The former first-round pick showed off his abilities.

Lewis started at third base and batted sixth in the lineup against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 29 (local time). It was his first game back in a year. On May 29 last year, Lewis tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) 토토사이트 in his right knee after playing center field against Kansas City. It’s a shame, because he had an OPS of .867 before that game and was showing signs of reaching his potential.

This wasn’t Lewis’ first injury. In the 2021 season, he tore his ACL in his right knee during spring training. It was the second year in a row that the top prospect had injured the same area.

Lewis didn’t get discouraged. He persevered with his rehabilitation. “It’s a surreal feeling,” he said before the 29th game against Houston, “I feel like something special is going to happen tonight.”

Lewis was right. After retiring the first batter he faced in the first inning on a fly ball to left field, Lewis got his second at-bat in the third inning with runners on second and third. He pulled a 154** fastball from Houston starter J.P. France over the right field fence.

Lewis wasn’t done yet, as he hit a dramatic game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied at 5-5. Minnesota rallied to beat Houston 7-5 in extra innings on Ryan Jeffers’ two-run homer in the 10th.

Lewis was selected by Minnesota with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. Expectations were high because he could play third base and the outfield and was extremely athletic. However, a series of injuries before his first big league game raised concerns that he might be a bust, but Lewis has bounced back. His baseball career is just beginning.

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