The Twins' No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis has torn his ACL, and will have to go undergo reconstruction surgery.
The Twins' president Derek Falvey revealed Lewis' injury on Wednesday, with the 21-year-old shortstop set to go under the knife on Friday, after feeling soreness in his right knee upon intake ahead of the 2021 season.
It comes as a huge blow for Lewis, who was drafted at No. 1 by the Twins in the 2017 MLB Draft, and is ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball.
He didn't play in the minors last year as the season was canceled due to COVID-19, but he played in the Double-A Southern League in 2019, hitting .236 with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 22 stolen bases across 127 games.
The Athletic's Dan Hayes notes Lewis' recovery will likely take 9-12 months, at the end of which he'll likely find himself at Double-A Wichita.