January 20, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #29 Erik Lis

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #29 | Erik Lis

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| March 8, 1984 (Palos, Illinois)

School | University of Evansville

| 6'1''

| 220 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 19

Erik Lis was taken by the Twins in the 9th round of the 2005 draft. He had a very successful collegiate career at the University of Evansville and has been a consistent performer in the Twins system since he was drafted. His bat is in the mold of Lyle Overbay's of the Toronto Blue Jays, in otherwords, he's a strong linedrive hitter who hits a lot of doubles. Lis does struggle with his plate discipline, having a 3.44 K/BB ratio in 2008. Even though he was drafted out of college, the Twins have been slow to advance him through the system due to his defense, which is probably his biggest downfall. Once a former first baseman, Lis spends most of his time in left field and at DH. Unfortunately, he's not much better in the outfield as he is at first base. If Lis makes it to the majors, which he should, he'll likely be a bench bat or designated hitter.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     RBI
AA       105    437    .277    .31     .462      50     11      51

2009 Outlook

Lis will more than likely be in Rochester this coming season, the only question is, at what position? Despite his questions on defense, his bat is what has and will continue to carry him through the system.


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