Wednesday, April 17, 2013

HarbourCats sign Chris Lewis from Sacramento State

The HarbourCats roster has been tweaked recently with four players released and another one added. The newest H-Cat is Chris Lewis, a 6-foot, 190-pound utility player from the Sacramento State Hornets. The redshirt freshman is listed as an outfielder on the HarbourCats roster, but he played shortstop in his senior year at Serra High School (Burlingame, Calif.) and has been the designated hitter for all 36 of the Hornets’ games so far this season.
Chris Lewis at the dish

Although his numbers as a high school senior were modest (.301 BA, 9 RBI), Lewis has been outstanding in his first season of NCAA baseball. Hitting in the cleanup position, he leads Sacramento State with a sparkling .365 batting average and an impressive 33 RBI in 137 at-bats. He currently has a 13-game hitting streak and he has reached base safely in the last 27 consecutive games.

On top of his offensive accomplishments, Lewis has gained a reputation as a hard-nosed, throwback type of player who consistently plays the game all out. From what I have read, he seems like the kind of player who regularly has the dirtiest uniform out on the field – exactly the type of guy who just might become one of the fan favourites at Royal Athletic Park this summer.

The four players released were David Olmedo-Barerra (Cal State Fullerton), Josh Cushing (University of Washington), Dillon Tate (University of California Santa Barbara) and Kyle Moses (Sacramento State). None of the four have received significant playing time with their respective teams so far this year. The moves bring the HarbourCats roster down to a total of 29 players, and more changes are expected before Opening Day.

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