Fred Lewis

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Fred Lewis
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Tenure with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Lancaster Barnstormers – No. 14
Outfielder
Born: (1980-12-09) December 9, 1980 (age 33)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2006 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .266
Home runs 27
Runs batted in 136
Stolen bases 53
Teams

Frederick Deshaun Lewis (born December 9, 1980) is an American professional baseball outfielder, who is currently with the Lancaster Barnstormers. He made his debut on Sept. 1, 2006, with the San Francisco Giants. He is the cousin of former major league outfielder Matt Lawton. Lewis also hit the 46th Splash Hit at AT&T Park. He lived in Chatham, New Jersey for a brief time before moving to Toronto.

High school and college[edit]

Lewis graduated from Stone High School in Wiggins, Mississippi in 1999, where he was a three sport star in basketball, football, and baseball. He went on to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he played both football and baseball.

After graduating in 2001, he was drafted in the 20th round (585th overall) by the Montreal Expos, but opted not to sign, instead attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to play baseball. While attending Southern University, Lewis flipped a truck he was driving on a rainy night, and three of the occupants in the car were killed.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Lewis was drafted in the second round (66th overall), and was sent to the short season-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. While there, earned Northwest League All-Star honors, leading the league with a .322 batting average, while finishing 5th for both hits (77) and on-base percentage(.396). Lewis also was named co-Player of Month for July, along with Dan Ortmeier and Greg Bruso.

Lewis spent all of 2003 with the Hagerstown Suns, where he finished the season second in the Giants organization with 30 stolen bases. He also led the team with 61 runs scored, while ranking 3rd in games (114) and doubles(17). Lewis finished the season with a .250 batting average, but as a result of leading the team in walks with 68, wound up with a .361 on-base percentage.

Lewis starred on the Norwich Navigators in Norwich, Connecticut, where it was customary for fans to shout his name while he was at bat, on deck, running in from the field or anywhere else in view. Lewis would choose the loudest fans to join him in Fred Lewis' Pancake Breakfasts.

Lewis playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2009

Major leagues[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Lewis was a September call-up in 2006, making his debut on September 1 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs; he had a base hit in each of his first three at bats. Lewis finished the year 5-11 with 2 RBI.

Lewis made his first appearance on a major league 25-man roster on May 6, 2007, and hit for the cycle on May 13, Mother's Day, in only his 16th game in the majors at Colorado.[2] Lewis doubled leading off the game, then hit a three-run opposite-field home run in the fourth inning (both against Taylor Buchholz), followed by an RBI triple in the fifth (against Tom Martin) and a single leading off the seventh inning (against Denny Bautista). Lewis' cycle was the 22nd in Giants franchise history. Lewis is one of only a handful of major league baseball players to hit his first homer as part of a cycle.

On June 1, Lewis hit his first MLB grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies. About a month later, on July 4, Lewis hit another grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the first player in San Francisco Giants history to hit two grand slams in his rookie season.[3]

Lewis led the majors in steals of home in 2008 with 2, but was also caught twice while attempting to steal home.[1]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On April 16, 2010, Lewis was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.[4] Lewis had a somewhat successful stay with Toronto, batting first in the batting order on a regular basis with a .276 batting average.

On December 3, 2010, the Blue Jays declined to tender a contract to Lewis prior to the non-tender deadline, thereby making him a free agent.[5] On January 10, 2011, it was announced that he signed with the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-year $900,000 deal.[6] He elected free agency on October 27.

Lewis batting for the New York Mets in 2012

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Lewis signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Jan. 19, 2012, which included an invitation to the Indians' spring training camp. On April 2, Lewis was released by the Indians.

New York Mets[edit]

On April 25, 2012, Lewis signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. On Sept. 3, 2012, the Mets selected the contract of Lewis as rosters expanded in September. He posted a .150/.320/.150 in 25 plate appearances over 18 games and was then outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 16, 2012, and opted to become a free agent.

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

On November 9, 2012, Lewis signed a one-year, $400,000 deal with a club option for 2014 with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. The deal included a $150,000 signing bonus.[7]

Lancaster Barnstormers[edit]

Lewis signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2014 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffin, Richard (2010-04-20). "Jays' Lewis a true survivor". The Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ Nemac, David. (2007). "The Baseball Chronicle", p. 696. Publications International, Ltd, Lincolnwood, Illinois.
  3. ^ Haft, Chris (2007-05-13). "Giants rookie Lewis hits for the cycle". MLB.com. 
  4. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (2010-04-16). "Giants trade Lewis to Blue Jays". San Francisco Giants. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  5. ^ http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101203&content_id=16245706&vkey=news_tor&c_id=tor
  6. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/01/reds-sign-fred-lewis.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
  7. ^ "Hiroshima Carp sign Fred Lewis to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014". Yakyu Baka. November 9, 2012. 

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