By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Ian Lewis is off to a blistering start at the plate in his 2022 season and has opened the year with a seven-game hit streak.
The 19-year-old middle infielder, ranked No. 12 in the Miami Marlins pipeline, has been a standout offensively thus far in his Single A debut season with the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Lewis has recorded a hit in each of his seven games and headed into last night’s game against Lakeland hitting .550 (11-20) with two doubles, five RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base, slugging .650 with a .565 OBP.
After starting the minor-league season in extended spring, Lewis made his Hammerheads debut and went 2-5 with an RBI, stolen base and a run scored against the Bradenton Marauders.
In the remainder of the series he had games of 2-3, 1-2, 2-3 with two RBI and 3-4 with an RBI. He opened the series against Lakeland 1-3 with an RBI and singled in his first at bat last night in game two of the series to bring his hit streak to seven.
After the pandemic delayed his debut on the diamond by a year, Lewis had an immediate impact the following season and was recognised by the Marlins’ organisation as one of the top performers in its farm system.
He was named the Florida Complex League MVP when the Marlins named their Minor League Award winners for the 2021 season.
In his first season of professional baseball, he played 43 games, predominantly at second base in the FCL. He hit .302, with a .354 OBP, slugging .497 and an .851 OBP. He had an FCL leading five triples, three home runs, 10 doubles, nine stolen bases, 45 hits, 27 RBI and 24 runs scored. He began his season with a brief assignment in the Dominican Summer League before the team eventually reassigned him to the Florida Complex League six days later on June 28. He hit a two-run home run homer his pro debut on June 29 against the FCL Mets.