Mariners trade Kyle Lewis with D-Backs for C/OF Cooper Hummel


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ESPN MLB reporter Jeff Passan tweeted Thursday afternoon that Seattle has agreed to commerce Kyle Lewis, the 2020 American League Rookie of the Yr, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the versatile Cooper Hummel. The Mariners introduced the commerce shortly earlier than 5:00 pm.

passing hummel describes as a “late flowering OBP (share at base) machine with wonderful positional flexibility”.

Lewis, 27, burst onto the scene with the Mariners with an emotional show after a September 2019 call-up, however he’s coming off two disappointing seasons marred by accidents. A knee harm and subsequent surgical procedure ended his 2021 season prematurely, and it began late because of a bone bruise he sustained throughout spring coaching on the identical knee as properly. That knee was additionally the one he suffered a major harm to early in his first skilled season in 2016, in a collision at dwelling plate.

Lewis is barely the second participant to hit a house run in every of his first three MLB video games, and he adopted up that early burst in 2019 by chopping .262/.364/.437 for an OPS of . pandemic-shortened 2020 season adequate to earn him the AL Rookie of the Yr trophy.

In simply 18 MLB video games final season, nevertheless, Lewis minimize .143/.226/.304 for an OPS of .540 with three dwelling runs. His operating and mobility had been noticeably impaired on the sector when he returned in Could 2022, and this continued to be the case on his return in July from a concussion sustained when he was hit by a pitch on Could 28. He performed simply 4 instances within the outfield for Seattle in 2022, enjoying 11 extra video games as a chosen hitter and showing three extra instances as a pinch hitter. He spent the final two months of the season with Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle made Lewis its preliminary first-round choice beneath then normal supervisor Jerry Dipoto, who’s now the group’s president of baseball operations, with the eleventh total choose within the 2016 MLB Draft.

Hummel, 27, is a local of Portland, Ore., and a product of the College of Portland. The hitter made his MLB debut with Arizona in 2022, chopping .176/. 274/. 307 for a . 580 OPS with three dwelling runs, eight doubles and 4 stolen bases in 66 video games. He began 17 video games in left area, 14 at receiver and 12 at DH with the Diamondbacks. Hummel additionally performed first and third base as a minor leaguer.

Within the minors, Hummel maintained sturdy on-base share, particularly in 2021 (. 432) and 2022 (. 423) in Triple-A. He lately performed within the Arizona Fall League, going 8-for-17 (. 471) with 5 walks for 1,297 OPS with Salt River.

Hummel, who’s listed as 5-foot-10 and 198 kilos, was drafted by Milwaukee within the 18th spherical of the 2016 MLB Draft. The Brewers traded him to Arizona in 2021 as a part of a two-prospect package deal for All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar.

The Mariners have had success earlier than in buying an older rookie with minimal MLB expertise from Arizona. Mitch Haniger performed simply 34 massive league video games with the Diamondbacks when Seattle traded him in November 2016 wanting his twenty sixth season. Seattle has additionally already made essentially the most of a late catcher in Austin Nola, who went from a minor league addition in free company to a strong contributor to the group after making his MLB debut in 2019. That led to an enormous commerce with San Diego middle moved to Nola in the course of the 2020 season, which introduced Ty France, Andrés Muñoz, Luis Torrens and Taylor Trammell to the M’s.

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