Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners was a big fan of Adam Jones in college
When I was doing some research on Kyle Lewis after he won the AL ROY, I came across his player profile on the Mercer University athletics website. When you look at the website, you obviously see a bunch of accolades but if you go all the way to the bottom, it says Adam Jones was his favorite athlete.
This is a pretty cool lightbulb moment for me because you see some similarities between Lewis and Jones. Both have very similar toolsets: athletic, above-average speed, savvy hitter, power potential, and home run robberies. It is also funny that Lewis was a fan of Adam Jones and both were drafted by the Seattle Mariners.
Adam Jones was once a prized Mariners prospect, but as many of you probably remember, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2008. Jones was a former first-round pick in 2003 and was showing his potential at every level in the minor leagues. Many thought he would be the next 5-tool Mariners star.
Now, look at the tweets below… Side by side, Lewis has some similarities to Adam Jones.
It is not identical, but I imagine Jones’ swing had some influence on Kyle Lewis. Jones stands a little taller but his leg kick was a trademark of his. The same goes for his follow-through, where oftentimes the end of the bat would be touching the dirt.
Kyle Lewis also does this on occasion. It is pretty cool to see so many similarities between the two, and how Adam Jones must have influenced Kyle Lewis’ game. Adam Jones was at the peak of his career in Baltimore when Lewis was tearing it up at Mercer University.
I cannot wait to see Lewis play in 2021 and continue to tear up the big leagues after each season.