The Mariners affiliate in Modesto, CA, the Nuts, pinch-hit for top prospect, and 2016 first-round pick Kyle Lewis during the fourth inning of their game against the San Jose Giants. After the rumor broke today that Sonny Gray had become a trade target for the M’s, the move of lifting him prematurely, wreaked havoc on the Mariner twitterverse.
Shortly after the panic began, Jerry Dipoto released a statement saying that the move to pull him was only made because Lewis was feeling soreness in his knee, and the Mariners want to take all the right precautions with him.
For those who don’t remember, Lewis tore his ACL shortly after making his professional debut last season. M’s fans, as well as the brass are extremely high on Lewis, and that’s why no news has been good news in regards to him.
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When the news broke of his getting pinch-hit for, such reactions found their way to the internet:
Right now the general consensus is that a trade of Lewis is a bad move, but that mostly stems from his play over the last few games. In his three games since returning to Advanced-A Modesto, he has hit 6-for-15 with 3 homers, 7 RBI, and just two strikeouts.
So while the opinions may be split on whether the Mariners should trade Lewis, one thing can be sure: He is on a tear at the moment and that only means good things for the M’s. Either his trade stock is really high and Seattle can swap him and gain, or the big league team may benefit sometime from his skills.
So at the moment, it seems as if he is staying put, but who knows just what Jerry Dipoto will do in this trade season.