For the price of Cooper Hummel, the Arizona Diamondbacks get a potential difference-maker in outfielder Kyle Lewis.
Lewis, as you may recall, was the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year with the Seattle Mariners.
Still 27, he is trying to revive his career after seeing it plagued by injuries and underperformance in the past two seasons.
Last year, for example, he was limited to just 18 games, in which he hit .143/.226/.304 with three homers.
He had been sidelined since June 2021 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
As a result, he started the season late and then suffered a concussion.
Diamondbacks fans are nonetheless delighted with his arrival.
They know that even though he has suffered from multiple physical problems over the past two campaigns, Lewis has the talent to be an impact player.
“If you need us, we’ll be here to watch Kyle Lewis highlights,” PHNX Diamondbacks tweeted, along with a two-minute video that begins with Lewis homerunning a Justin Verlander fastball.
If you need us, we’ll be here to watch Kyle Lewis highlights. pic.twitter.com/EXUvZpfSOr
— PHNX Diamonds (@PHNX_Dbacks) November 18, 2022
The clip contains additional circuits.
D-backs definitely needed another power bat, one that can play in all outfield positions.
Lewis is better in the corners, but can play in the middle in a pinch.
Overall, the D-Backs are getting a nice recovery draft, but expectations should be tempered until he shows he can stay on the court for a long time.
If that happens, he might be able to replicate the success of his rookie season.
That year, he hit 11 homers in 58 games, which is a good pace of 162 games.
Can he become the player he was in 2020?
If he can, Arizona will easily win the trade.