"We thought he was going to be picked before us," said McNamara. "We're very excited that he made it to us. He's a 6-foot-4, middle-of-the-order potential bat that had a big year at Mercer University this year. He's a good athlete who we believe has a lot of potential."
During his just completed junior season at Mercer University, he hit .395 (88x223) with 70 runs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, 72 RBI, 66 walks, 48 strikeouts, a .535 on-base percentage and a .731 slugging mark. Lewis ranked second nationally with a program-record 66 walks and while ranking top-15 nationally in batting average (.395) and top-six nationally in on-base percentage (.535) and runs (70). He compiled a 48-game on-base streak and 27 multi-hit performances this season.
The 6-foot-4 outfielder played for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League last summer and was named to the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate Second Team All-America after hitting .300 (45x150) with 19 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 24 RBI and 11 walks in 39 games. He ranked among the league leaders with 7 home runs and 24 RBI.
In three seasons at Mercer, he combined to hit .364 (196x539) with 137 runs, 33 doubles, 2 triples, 39 home runs, 145 RBI and 94 walks in 147 games. Following his sophomore season in 2015, he received the following honors: Perfect Game Summer Collegiate Second Team All-America, Cape Cod League All-Star, TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Participant, Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award Winner, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-America, Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team, Rawlings/ABCA Second Team All-Region, SoCon Player of the Year, All-SoCon First Team.
He was a two-sport start at Shiloh High School in Snellville, GA, lettering in baseball and basketball. In baseball, he was named a 2012 Max Preps Region 8AAAAA second team selection and a 2013 Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Senior Preseason All-America honorable mention. He was also named a Gwinnett Dugout Club All-County team honorable mention selection as a junior and named an All-County and All-State selection as a senior.
The Mariners will have one more selection tonight with the 50th pick of the draft. The 2016 Draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 (starts at 10:00 am PT) and rounds 11-40 on Saturday (9:00 am PT).