Playing at: Lakewood (A)

Position: Rightfielder

MLB service: None

Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.

Age: 22

Born: April 27, 1989, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bats: Right. Throws: Right.

Draft stuff: Was a shortstop at Salisbury (Conn.) High School but moved to the outfield when he turned pro . . . Passed up a commitment to attend Vanderbilt after he was selected in first round, 24th overall, in 2008.

Pluses/minuses from one scouting report: "Tools galore and perhaps as much upside as anyone in the draft class . . . He's a little raw, and hasn't faced stiff competition in the Northeast."

This season: After a disastrous start (2-for-28), Hewitt had a career-best 13-game hitting streak that ended a week ago today . . . Entering last night, he had hiked his average to .248 with three homers, 10 RBI and eight stolen bases.

Career at a glance: His first 3 years were a struggle, to put it mildly. He hit .208 over the three seasons and just .202 in 116 games at Lakewood last season.

Biggest athletic disappointment: The entire 2010 season. "The whole year, the results weren't there, my mind frame was out of whack. Last year, I just didn't have fun. I wasn't myself," Hewitt said. "The whole year was a waste, but at the same time, it wasn't. It was a learning experience."

In the offseason: Spent a lot of time working on his mental well-being. Jimmy Rollins gave him the classic motivational book, "The Inner Game of Tennis." "That's my go-to [resource], my bible," Hewitt said.

Growing up: Was a Yankees fan as a kid, but never got to any of the championship parades. Once yelled out to Carlos Beltran when Beltran was with the Royals, "but he just blew me off."

Highlight of spring training: "Being able to play with guys [at all levels] that want a job; having conversations with guys from all kinds of places - South Dakota, Ohio - or guys that were released from other organizations. You learn so much from other people."

Most famous people in his phone: Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard.

Pitchers he'd like to face: Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum and Ubaldo Jimenez. "I would love to give those guys a challenge and win every battle against them."

Dream dinner guests: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jay-Z and Martin Luther King

Favorite baseball movie: "Angels in the Outfield"

Best practical joke ever witnessed: When a former teammate hung the clothes of prospect Anthony Gose from a flagpole at the Phillies' training complex in Clearwater. "They were just waving in the wind," Hewitt said. "We asked him, 'Are those your shorts over there?' It was hilarious."

Parting words: "One thing I'm doing this year is just having a blast," Hewitt said. "Whether I have a bad game or a good game, I'm going to play my butt off, play hard and have fun. Play as if today is my last day and I have nothing to lose."

- Ed Barkowitz