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Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff represent Cedar Rapids Kernels on MWL postseason all-star team

Minor league notebook: Lewis of Minnesota Twins named MWL Prospect of the Year

Cedar Rapids Kernels' Royce Lewis throws to first during the first inning of their Midwest League baseball game against the Fort Wayne Tincups at Veterans Memorial Stadium in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Kernels' Royce Lewis throws to first during the first inning of their Midwest League baseball game against the Fort Wayne Tincups at Veterans Memorial Stadium in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — There were a lot of ways to describe Royce Lewis as a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Off the field, the word “personable” fit, for sure. On the field, you could use “speedy,” “leader,” and “hitter.”

Throw everything together, and you get “prospect.” That one definitely fits.

The 19-year-old shortstop was named Midwest League Prospect of the Year, the league announced Friday. The first-overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft hit .315 in 75 games for Cedar Rapids, with 23 doubles, nine home runs, 53 RBIs and 22 steals.

Lewis is hitting .318 in 32 games since his promotion to high-Class A Fort Myers, continuing his marvelous season.

Joining Lewis on the MWL’s Postseason All-Star Team is former Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff. Minnesota’s first-round draft pick in 2016 hit .333 in 65 games for the Kernels, earning his promotion to Fort Myers after the all-star break.

All Kirilloff has done at Fort Myers is hit .373 in 50 games. In 115 total games this season, he has posted a .351 average in 115 games, with 42 doubles, seven triples, 17 home runs and 93 RBIs.

Peoria third baseman Elehuris Montero was selected the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player. He hit .321 in 102 games before recently getting a promotion to high-A Palm Beach.

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The rest of the postseason all-star team includes first baseman Yariel Gonzalez of Peoria, second baseman Vidal Brujan of Bowling Green, outfielders Ernie De La Trinidad of Kane County and Moise Gomez of Bowling Green, catcher Rolando Hernandez of Bowling Green and designated hitter Hendrik Clementina of Dayton. The four pitchers selected were Bowling Green’s Tommy Romero (right-handed starter), Fort Wayne’s Osvaldo Hernandez (left-handed starter), Dayton’s John Ghyzel (right-handed reliever) and Fort Wayne’s Travis Radke (left-handed reliever).

Craig Albernaz of Bowling Green was named Manager of the Year. The entire postseason all-star team was picked via vote of team managers.

Calvin Faucher to the DL

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and parent Minnesota Twins announced Saturday that Cedar Rapids relief pitcher Calvin Faucher has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.

Faucher has a 4-4 record, three saves and a 3.42 earned run average in 29 appearances.

Right-handed pitcher Johan Quezada has been brought up from Rookie-level Elizabethton to replace Faucher on the active roster. He was 2-2 with two saves and a 2.35 ERA at E-town in 12 appearances.

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