Twins breeze California high propagandize OF/SS Royce Lewis with No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. — The Minnesota Twins comparison California high propagandize shortstop Royce Lewis with a No. 1 collect in a Major League Baseball breeze Monday night.


It was a third time a Twins led off a draft, and initial given they took hometown high propagandize catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lewis strike .377 with 4 homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra Catholic High School, substantiating himself as a tip awaiting with glorious speed and a plain bat. He played both shortstop and outfield in high school, nonetheless a Twins personal him as a shortstop when commissioner Rob Manfred done a proclamation during MLB Network studios.

What we need to know about 2017 No. 1 collect Royce Lewis

The Twins reached over several high-profile options to squeeze a initial high propagandize shortstop comparison with a tip collect given Carlos Correa.

“My physique usually went numb,” Lewis pronounced during an talk with MLB Network. “It was an unimaginable feeling.”

Lewis was a standout on USA Baseball’s bullion medal-winning Under-18 group during a Pan American Championships final year. He was also comparison as this year’s National High School Coaches Association’s high propagandize comparison ball contestant of a year.

“You watch him play on a field, it’s infectious,” Twins arch ball officer Derek Falvey said. “He’s a man who loves his teammates. You can see him relocating around all a time, being a partial of it. We’re usually so vehement to have him.

“We know he’s going to be a personality a second he stairs on a field. We’ll let a ball play take caring of itself.”

With a second pick,the Cincinnati Reds took California high propagandize right-hander Hunter Greene, one of a tip two-way talents in a breeze full of them.

Greene, comparison as a pitcher, also played shortstop during Notre Dame High School, nonetheless a fastball that can strech 100 mph has a Reds raised him as a destiny ace. He was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts with usually 4 walks in 28 innings this season. Greene also batted .324 with 6 homers and 28 RBIs.

The initial of 4 prospects in assemblage during a breeze site to be selected, Greene was asked to give a scouting news on himself as a pitcher.

“Man, I’m a monster,” he said, chuckling. “I’m opposite on a margin than we am off a field. I’m usually going to go out there and contest and plea and bruise a section and go after guys like we know we can and like everybody else knows we can.”

And while a Reds drafted him as a pitcher, Greene sounded as nonetheless he still competence have designs on personification a infield, too.

“I don’t even know yet,” he said, wearing a Cincinnati tip and jersey. “I still adore doing both and we consider a ballclub is vehement for removing dual players for one. So we consider they’re flattering pumped adult for that, so we’ll see how it works out.”

Falvey pronounced a Twins’ choice came down to a loss mins and a preference to pass on Greene was “really tough.”

“We felt Royce distant himself from those other guys usually a bit, and we feel like he’s somebody that we’ll build around for a future,” Falvey said.

At No. 3, a San Diego Padres comparison North Carolina high propagandize left-hander MacKenzie Gore.

With his vast leg kick, Gore throws a fastball that sits in a low- to mid-90s to go along with a knee-buckling curve. He also has a tough slider and plain changeup in his arsenal.

It was a initial time given 1990 that a tip 3 picks were all high propagandize players.

Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay was drafted fourth altogether by a Tampa Bay Rays as a initial baseman.

McKay had teams deliberation either they should breeze him as a pitcher, hitter — or both. The Atlantic Coast Conference actor of a year is attack .343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for a College World Series-bound Cardinals. He’s also 10-3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and usually 33 walks in 104 innings on a mound.

The Atlanta Braves comparison Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright with a No. 5 pick, potentially adding to a vast fast of touted arms in a Braves’ plantation system.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Wright, who grew adult a Braves fan, went 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA, 121 strikeouts and 31 walks in 103⅓ innings pitched. With his mid-90s fastball, knee-buckling bend and earthy size, Wright is deliberate a intensity front-end starter.

After North Carolina high propagandize outfielder Austin Beck went sixth to a Oakland Athletics, a span of University of Virginia teammates were picked with a subsequent dual selections: initial baseman Pavin Smith to a Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Adam Haseley to a Philadelphia Phillies.

Miami Marlins took New Mexico high propagandize lefty Trevor Rogers, who was also during a breeze site and is a cousin of former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross.

“Cody would have taken him 1/1 we think,” Marlins clamp boss of scouting Stan Meek said. “He loves him. He says he’s a good kid, a tough workman and a kind of chairman we wish in a system.”

In a touching impulse that drew a station acclaim from a former vital leaguers portion as group representatives, 11-year-old New York Yankees fan Landis Sims — innate but hands or feet — announced his favorite team’s first-round selection: South Carolina right-hander Clarke Schmidt during No. 16 overall.


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