Successive ACL injuries, the first overall top prospect who returned from setbacks

Major League star prospect Royce Lewis (24, Minnesota) hit a home run as soon as he returned from injury. Despite being injured two years in a row, he came back strong. He showed off his ability to be the No. 1 nominee in the first round.안전놀이터

On the 29th (local time), Lewis started as a third baseman and sixth hitter in the Houston away game held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA. It was a comeback after exactly one year since he was injured. On May 29 last year, Lewis injured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee after playing as center fielder against Kansas City. On this day, he was in the middle of bursting his potential by recording an OPS of 0.867 before the game, so it was very regrettable.

It wasn’t the first time Lewis was injured. In the 2021 season, he injured his cruciate ligament in his right knee while training for the team’s spring camp. This means that a top-class prospect has been injured in the same area for two consecutive years.

Lewis was not discouraged. He persevered through rehabilitation. Ahead of the game against Houston on the 29th, Lewis said, “It feels surreal,” and “I think something special is going to happen tonight.”

Lewis’ hunch came true. Lewis, who withdrew with a left fielder’s floating ball in the first at-bat in the first inning, hit his second at-bat in the third inning with two outs and a chance for first and second base. Lewis pulled a 154** fast ball on the 4th pitch of Houston starter JP France and passed it over the right wall.

Lewis’ work did not end there. He hit a dramatic tie-breaker in the top of the ninth with two outs when the score was 4-5. Minnesota, which revived with Lewis’ timely hit, defeated Houston 7-5 with Ryan Jeffers’ two-run home run in the 10th inning.

Lewis was selected by Minnesota with the 1st overall pick in the 2017 draft. He can handle third base and outfield rain, and his athleticism is so good that expectations were high for him. However, before he could play in the big leagues, he suffered a series of injuries and there were concerns that he might be degraded to a promising prospect, but Lewis overcame the injury and returned. His baseball career starts now.

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