June 09, 2017

Some teams believe Atlanta will go for a player to whom it can pay an under-slot bonus (as it did last year with righty Ian Anderson) and use the savings to pay a bigger bonus to a lower pick who might be more difficult to sign. But if the Braves don’t do that, the belief is that they’ll turn to Lewis and make him a centerfielder given the presence of Dansby Swanson. Despite an inconsistent senior season at the plate, his plus-plus speed, athleticism and ability to play an up-the-middle position make for a tantalizing combination. There's a lack of consensus about about his power potential, but evaluators agree that he has a good feel for hitting and a consistent ability to barrel the ball up. And as noted, the presence of Swanson moots concerns that Lewis’s arm isn’t strong enough for shortstop.

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