Kyle Lewis headines the list of Mariners prospects invited to the Arizona Fall League

Lewis and seven other Mariners’ prospects were selected to participate in the prestigious league.

BALTIMORE — Kyle Lewis  lost a large portion of this season while dealing with knee issues — both old and new.  But he’s getting a chance to get some of those games back against some of the best up-and-coming talent in Major League Baseball.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Fall League released its rosters for the six teams that feature the best prospects from every organization.  Lewis headlines the group of eight players chosen from the Mariners’ organization to play for the Peoria Javelinas, which will be managed Luis Salazar of the Braves organization.

Lewis, 22, started the season as the No. 30 prospect in baseball per Baseball America’s Top 100. He fell to No. 62 in the publication’s midseason rankings. The plunge was due to a season that started late as he recovered from major knee surgery that ended his 2016 season prematurely, and then hampered by a deep bruise suffered to the repaired knee in his first game back  after a collision with an outfield wall. The Mariners have limited Lewis’ playing time to try and keep him healthy.

He has played in 31 games for Class A Modesto this season, hitting .256 with a .761 on-base plus slugging percentage, three doubles, six homers and 22 RBI.

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The other Mariners’ minor leaguers chosen were:

  • Braden Bishop, OF
  • Eric Filia, 1B/OF
  • Joe DeCarlo, C
  • Max Povse, RHP
  • Matt Festa, RHP
  • Darrin Gillies, RHP
  • Art Warren, RHP

Bishop is a candidate for the Mariners’ minor league player of the year after a brilliant 2017 season.

Selected in the third round of  the 2015 draft, Bishop profiled as an outstanding  defensive outfielder and a plus base runner. But he’s taken a major step forward at the plate in 2017 after spending the offseason working out with former UW teammate Jake Lamb.

Bishop opened the season with Class A Modesto, hitting .296 with a .385 on-base percentage, a .400 slugging percentage, 25 doubles, three triples, two homers, 32 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 88 games.

Bishop was promoted to Class AA Arkansas on July 21, and he’s been even better. In 30 games, he’s hitting .336 with a .417 on-base percentage, a .448 slugging percentage, nine doubles, a triple, a homer, 11 RBI and six stolen bases. He has reached base safely in 30 of 31 games with Arkansas, including 25 games with at least…

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