Seattle Mariners All-Star Prediction No. 2: Kyle Lewis
Of course, the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year is on my list! Kyle made his name known last season by robbing home runs, hitting towering home runs, and his smile.
But, can Kyle make his first All-Star game alongside Marco? I sure think so.
Kyle Lewis has one important thing on his side. Because the All-Star game is in the middle of the season, your second-half performance during the regular season doesn’t matter.
In 2020, Kyle Lewis was great in July and August. But in the second half of the season, Lewis dropped off a lot. If he does the same thing in 2021, it might be enough to get him to the All-Star game.
I hope Lewis can remain consistent through the entire season, but in the case he doesn’t, he does have an advantage based on last year’s performance.
Some are worried about Kyle’s sophomore season, now that teams around the league have more data. Even Fan Graphs thinks he will take a big step back in 2021.
But, I have a lot of faith in Lewis and the coaching staff. I don’t think the “sophomore slump” will have an effect on him next season.
He has the tools to make an All-Star game next season, it just depends on whether he can adjust accordingly to the pitching next season.
Lewis won’t be an All-Star starter in Atlanta, but he can definitely be a reserve. Kyle would look really good in an All-Star jersey as well!
Now, onto my third prediction.