Kyle Lewis is in my top 100 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball, but, as mentioned the other day, these Dart Throws are me being a little more footloose and fancy-free like Kevin Bacon on Casual Fridays with projections and possible upside. By the way, can you imagine explaining to an alien right now what Casual Fridays are? “It’s when you don’t have to dress up for work on Friday.” Alien speaks in an alien language while you wait for the Alien Language Translator to give you back what it’s saying. Finally, the Alien Language Translator says, “You’ve been wearing sweatpants for the last five weeks. What’s more casual? Your stained gotchies?” Yo, that Alien has a smart mouth, which is located on its feet, because it’s an alien. Any hoo! In my top 100 outfielders, I threw Kyle Lewis a bone by including him. To get him in the lineup, Dee Gordon has to be benched; Mitch Haniger’s Mr. Peanut has to be crushed; Austin Nola has to do whatever it is Austin Nola does, but on the bench; Jake Fraley has to do a bit better than Austin Nola, but not good enough to start and Dylan Moore…Well, who? Your 2020 Mariners are tight eh-eff team of recycled garbage that was never recycled. But, when the league starts up again, and, if the M’s are playing in Arizona — better! — then Kyle Lewis could be the starting right fielder. So, what can we expect from Kyle Lewis for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?
Kyle Lewis made Prospect Itch’s top 50 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball, and his (Itch’s, not Lewis’s) whole thing was, if he (Lewis, not Itch) makes contact, he (Lewis still, not Itch) will mash. I agree, so can Lewis not flail like an inflatable in front of a used car lot? In Double-A last year, Lewis hit 11 homers in 122 games with a 29.4% strikeout rate, which is *Michael Scott grimace GIF* but that Double-A environment is actually not great for power, and Lewis can hit bombs. Raw power, as they say. As his three homers in his first three MLB games last year and six homers in his first ten games shows, he could get hot in Arizona (well, everyone will technically because you can fry an egg on your forehead there in August) and hit 20 homers in a 100-game season. I don’t think teams will be playing in Arizona, but if they are, then that’s all the better. In Seattle, Lewis can still hit the ball out, and, with raw power, that’s a recipe for “pitchers don’t know what to do with a guy, so just throw him fastballs” and Lewis mashes. Less time to plot out a plan of attack against Lewis will be better for him. If anyone screams having potential to have a hot month or two…Well, look at what Lewis did in September last year. To make that same point again, he homered three times in The First Spring Training in only 11 games. Lewis is the type that will punish pitchers who are ill-prepared for a season, when it starts. For a cheap power Dart Throw? Aim for Kyle Lewis.