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Kyle Lewis drafted 11th overall by Seattle Mariners

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In a matter of four years, Kyle Lewis went from running up-and-down a basketball court to being an 11th overall pick in the MLB draft.

After three seasons at Mercer, Lewis was drafted by the Seattle Mariners Thursday, becoming the highest-drafted baseball player in program history. The selection is 21 picks higher than Pat Creech, who was drafted 32nd overall by the Montreal Expos in 1973, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Lewis joins a list of five other former Mercer players who are now apart of a major league organization, two of whom — Billy Burns and Cory Gearrin — are currently playing at the highest level for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, respectively.

In three seasons, Lewis registered a .364 batting average with 39 home runs and 145 RBI. He was also named Baseball America’s 2016 College Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a two-time SoCon Player of the Year and the All-Star of the Cape Cod League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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