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Marlins #28 Prospect

Marlins #28 Prospect Ian Lewis is a kid I saw growing up in the game. I can still see this tiny kid heading to the field as most of us were leaving; that kid was Ian Lewis, and his younger brother followed him. Thus, he would use his brother to hit the ground balls and pitch to him in the batting cage.

The Growth and Strength of Ian:

Besides not seeing Ian in almost two years, I smile when I read his profile that he is 5’10” 177lbs; the look on my face was what? 177 lbs. I can’t wait to see that for myself. Ian had the talent to play the game; after all, he worked hard at his game. Besides his early start at Freedom Farm, then later training with MaxD and IElite Baseball Academies, Ian’s game began to stand out as he rose to a top international baseball prospect. 

Baseball at the Farm:

Baseball at Freedom Farm was good for Ian and all of our top prospects. Together with their weekday workouts, the weekend game was highly competitive, and even Jazz got in a few games. 

Moreover, it was a pleasure watching Ian grew into the player he has become and his ability to hit from both sides of the plate. Besides, we knew he would play at the next level very soon. 

Miami Marlins signed free agent SS Ian Lewis to a minor league contract:

On July 2nd, 2019, the Miami Marlins signed him; oh, happy day.

Marlins #28 Prospect

Geron Sands, Ian Lewis & Albert Cartwright. photo by Trevere Saunders 360 Designs & Images 

Subsequently to the start of the 2020 minor league season, everything came to a halt. While at spring training in Florida, every baseball player was sent home because of the Coronavirus. Hence, this deadly Covid-19 virus was spreading over the world. 

As a result, most of our players had to head back home to the Bahamas to wait for further instructions. It was now a wait-and-see to the start of Ian’s minor league career. However, I wrote a three-part series on our minor league players on lockdown at home in the Bahamas. As a result, of uncertainty, the 2020 minor league baseball season was canceled, delaying Ian Lewis’s career. 

2021 Season:

Finally, along with teams and leagues realignment, Ian was assigned to the FCL Marlins Rookie team, then later added to the Marlins top 30 prospects list at #28. By the way, his steady start to the season is going well, at a .281 hitting clip. In Summery, a solid start to the 2021 season and his career. 

Finally, I can’t wait to watch him play live. Good luck and God Bless you, Ian Lewis, from the Farm to the Marlins farm system. 

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