Rob Lewis (First Division)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rob Lewis has played for the Belgian national team.

Lewis debuted in Belgium's First Division in 2013, hitting .193/.324/.211 and fielding .941 as a 15-year-old. [1] In the 2013 European Junior Championship, he was 2 for 7 with a walk and a double for Belgium. [2] In 2014, he hit only .158/.304/.211 for the K. Deurne Spartans while starting almost every game. He also pitched sometimes, with a 7.88 ERA and no decisions in 5 outings. Primarily a catcher, he fielded .944 and caught 11.3% of attempted base-stealers. [3] Moving to the infield and joining the Borgerhout Squirrels in 2015, he progressed at the plate (.280/.359/.344, 30 R in 34 G) and fielded .966. [4]

He really established himself in 2016, still only 18 years old. He batted .439/.503/.521 with 39 runs and 31 RBI in 35 games for the champs. He only pitched once, with a 12.27 ERA and a loss, and he fielded .903. He led the league in average. [5] That earned him a spot on the Belgian squad for the 2016 European Championship. He hit .182/.357/.273 for the Red Hawks as a part-timer. In his first at-bat, he pinch-hit for Sam Buelens late in a loss to Spain and struck out against former major leaguer Rhiner Cruz. His first hit came two days later, a single off Italian national team veteran Carlos Richetti. [6]

Lewis slumped a bit in 2017, to .330/.457/.407; he was 9th in the league in OBP. [7] In the 2017 Federations Cup, he saw limited action, going 2 for 6 with 2 runs and a RBI as the Squirrels won. [8] He switched clubs again for 2018, moving to the Hoboken Pioneers. He made Belgium's squad for the 2018 Super6.