Lis Named A Midwest League All-Star

Erik Lis was named to the 2006 Midwest League post-season All-Star team this past weekend, which was a fitting end to a great regular season for the slugger. Lis currently leads the league in batting average and slugging percentage, and his 37 doubles are good for second best in the league.

Erik Lis has been unbelievable for the Beloit Snappers this season, and this past week he received some recognition for his efforts, as the slugging first baseman was named to the 2006 Midwest League post-season All-Star team. Lis is the only member of the Snappers roster to be named to the team, and his statistics speak for themselves. In 105 games this season, Lis is batting .326, and has driven in 70 runs.

Last season, Lis was the big bat in the Elizabethton lineup, as his ten home runs helped lead the E-Town Twins to the Appalachian League West title. This season, Lis is a member of a Snappers team that has a Magic Number of four, which almost guarantees them a playoff spot.

During this season, Lis has put up some crazy numbers, including a .376 batting average during the month of May. Not only was he named Twins' Minor League Player of the Month, but he also established himself as one of the best hitting prospects in the Twins organization.

Lis' lowest monthly batting average this season has been .296, and he is hitting a robust .378 during the month of August. In fact, his .326 batting average is the highest total in the Midwest League, and is seven points higher than Western Michigan's Cameron Maybin's .319 mark. His 37 doubles are second best in the league, his .402 on-base percentage is tied for first, and his .547 slugging percentage is a league-best.

Lis is also the organizational leader in batting average, and 16 home runs are the third-best mark. He also is fourth in the organization in runs batted in, and he should be in the Fort Myers lineup by now.

Next season could be a huge one for Lis, and there is no reason to believe that he cannot make a couple of jumps. He should begin the season with Fort Myers, but with his hitting prowess and experience, the 22-year old Lis could make his way to Triple-A before the season is over.

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