Ozzie Lewis: Apply League Player of the Year

Ozzie Lewis was a name that did not appear on any prospect ranking this season, but he could have put himself into the mix as a Twins outfielder of the future. On Friday, the young slugger was named Appalachian League Player of the Year.

The Minnesota Twins drafted Ozzie Lewis in the 21st round of the 2007 draft, and he quickly made his presence felt in the organization. He signed quickly after being selected, and was assigned to the Elizabethton Twins. All he did for the E-Town Twins was put together a season that earned him Appalachian League Player of the Year honors.

During his career at Fresno State, which is the same school that produced Twins top prospect Matt Garza, Lewis was a very clutch player. He was named WAC Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, batting .556 during the tournament. Named his high school team's Clutch Player of the Year during his senior year of high school, Lewis has shown the knack for getting clutch hits when it counts.

That did not change in his first season with the Twins organization, as the 6'5'' outfielder batted .332 for the Elizabethton Twins. Lewis also had nine home runs, 17 doubles, 49 runs batted in, and 43 runs, all ranking in the top-10 in the league.

Lewis is the kind of player who could make the jump right to the Florida State League next season. He has gap power, can hit for average, and gets to everything in the outfield. It will be interesting to see where he starts the season in 2008.

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