Lewis stood out in both batting and fielding practice during the Mariners' position players' first workout of spring Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year picked right up where he left off during the Mariners' first full-squad workout, making several impressive catches on flyballs and homering to both the opposite field and pull side multiple times during five rounds of batting practice. Lewis is naturally locked into the starting center field role after hitting 17 home runs over his first 76 major-league games across the last two seasons, but he'll look to shave down a strikeout rate that checked in at a bloated 29.3 percent in 2020.
Lewis was named the AL Rookie of the Year on Monday. Lewis earned some sleeper buzz heading into the season and went on to surpass expectations, finishing with a .262/.364/.437 slash line while hitting 11 homers and stealing five bases. That was enough to earn him all 30 first-place votes for the award. Luis Robert finished second, picking up 27 second-place votes, with Cristian Javier coming in third.
Lewis is not in the lineup for the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against Oakland, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lewis went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the day's first game. Braden Bishop takes over in center field in the nightcap.
Lewis went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday in the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Astros. Lewis crossed home plate in the first to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead and would later swipe his fourth base of the season in the seventh inning after opening the inning with a single to right. The potential American League Rookie of the Year is hitting .277/.378/.462 with 11 home runs, 28 RBI and 37 runs scored across 230 plate appearances this season.
Lewis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Padres. Lewis belted his 11th homer of the season in the fifth inning to produce the final run of the game. The 25-year-old outfielder has added 28 RBI, 35 runs scored and three stolen bases while slashing .286/.380/.484 in 51 games.