Twins select Royce Lewis with first overall pick

Solenn Plantier
Juin 25, 2017

McKay was the first college player selected.

With his big leg kick, Gore throws a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-90s (mph) to go along with a knee-buckling curve. The most hyped prospect for the draft was pitcher Hunter Greene, a 17-year-old at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.

While a handful of top prospects attended the live draft at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, others held watch parties back home with family and friends. Wright went 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this year as a junior.

Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay was drafted fourth overall by Tampa Bay as a first baseman.

In Rogers senior year of high school alone, the big young man threw three no-hitters, one of them being a flawless game.

The right-hander from California also played an impressive shortstop at Notre Dame High School, but a fastball that can reach 100 miles per hour has the Reds projecting him as a future ace.

This is the third time in the last four years that the Twins have selected a high school position player with their first round selection, selecting outfielder Alex Kirilloff in 2016 and infielder Nick Gordon in 2014.

There will be some who bemoan the Twins taking Royce Lewis as the first overall pick, and we saw some fan complaints already in the early aftermath. On the mound as a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched before being shut down to conserve his arm, given his pro career ahead.

Byron Buxton, now starting for the Twins after playing with the 2015 Lookouts, was Twins first pick and the second overall pick in 2012.

I think the strategy is misguided, but we'll see how it pans out.

After taking HS outfielder Blake Rutherford a year ago, the Yankees opted for proven product with the selection of SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt.

Royce Lewis was recommended by Twins scout John Leavitt. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.

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