Lis got off to a slow start for E-Town in 2005, hitting only .192 in seven June games after being drafted in the ninth round. However, he did hit his first professional home run, and finished the year with seven RBI in his seven games.
July brought Lis into the attention of the whole organization, as they named him their Twins' Minor League Player of the Month. In July, he batted .407 in 18 games, lifting his average from .192 to .341. He also hit four home runs, drove in 21 runs, and scored 11 times.
In August, Lis had another decent month, batting .289 in 24 contests. He smacked five home runs, drove in 13 runs, and scored 13 more times. But, like any slugger, he did strike out numerous times, whiffing 19 times in the month.
Overall, Lis finished the year with a .315 batting average, in his 29 appearances. He ended the year with ten home runs, 12 doubles, and a team-high 41 RBI. He came up big in the clutch time after time, hitting .372 with runners on, and .373 with runners in scoring position.
Lis could begin the 2006 season in Fort Myers, after showing Twins brass that he can hit both righties and lefties. He was an absolute star at Evansville University, and has now become a star in the Twins' organization.
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