TCD Top Stories: Lis Homers Off Clemens

Lis led the organization in numerous categories.

Another one of the top stories of the Twins 2007 minor league season was when Fort Myers first baseman/outfielder Erik Lis homered off of future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens. The blast came in the first inning of the Rocket's first minor league rehab start, and is a moment that Lis will always remember. Here is a look at the great moment, as well as what he told us in Spring Training.

For Erik Lis, he expected the 2007 season to be a good one when we talked to him at Spring Training this past March. When we caught up with the slugging outfielder/first baseman, he spoke to us about expectations, and what makes him a good hitter.

"One thing I am big on is getting a good pitch to hit," Lis explained. "Just get a good pitch and try to make contact."

Make good contact is what he did against future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens on May 18, when he homered off Clemens in the right-hander's first Minor League rehabilitation start. The home run came in the first inning of the game, and would be the only run that the Miracle would score in the game.

Clemens started Lis off with a curveball high for a ball before getting Lis to swing at a curve in the dirt. Next came a fastball away and then a splitter, which Lis fouled off. After fouling off two consecutive fastballs, Lis hit an inside fastball over the fence in right field. He circled the bases, elated that he just homered off arguably the best right-handed pitcher of the last 20 years.

For the season, Lis had a great year for an offense that was anemic at best for most of the year. Lis would end the season leading the organization in home runs and runs batted in amongst minor leaguers, as he continues to establish himself as one of the best position player prospects in the Twins organization.

In 2006, Lis was a beast for the Beloit Snappers, earning Midwest League All-Star honors. This past season, Lis was by far the best bat on the Miracle roster, and has a sweet left-handed linedrive stroke. He will be in New Britain next season, and could be with the Twins by 2009.

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