Minnesota Twins take shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1 in Major League Baseball draft

Danny Woods
June 15, 2017

California high school shortstop Royce Lewis was selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins. Greene's greatest value is as a defensive shortstop, and it seems unrealistic that Cincinnati would allow him to make all those hard throws from the left side of the diamond on days that he's not starting, but we can still hold out hope that Greene will be as superhuman as he's appeared to be during the pre-draft process and successfully pull off the challenge.

The Twins long considered a deep group of players for the first selection and narrowed it late to Lewis and Brendan McKay, the College Player of the Year out of Louisville.

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.

McKay had teams considering whether they should draft him as a pitcher, hitter - or both.

Stevenson Ranch resident and former Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks pitcher Hunter Greene throws a pitch during a baseball game in April.

Rooker's draft slot carries a $1,935,300 value and was the second player picked by the Twins, who drafted high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick.

Selecting Lewis with the first pick came as a bit of a surprise.

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Rounds 3-10 were held via conference calls with teams, with University of Minnesota righty Brian Glowicki wrapping up the day as pick No. 315 by the Cubs.

Atlanta selected Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright with the No. 5 pick, looking to augment a large stable of touted arms already in the Braves' farm system. Cavaliers teammates Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley went back-to-back at picks seven and eight overall, with the Diamondbacks taking Smith, the first baseman with power and plate discipline, and the Phillies taking outfielder Haseley, who will finally get to give up pitching. Wright is a 6-4, 220-pound right-hander who was 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA this season. With the tools to play shortstop or center field at the next level, Lewis is an elite, projectable athlete with makeup that scores off the boards with scouts know know him best. Then Tar Heels shortstop Logan Warmoth went seven picks later as the No. 22 overall pick to the Blue Jays.

Greene was a two-way stud in high school, as he had enough power to win home run derbies and was dominant as a pitcher, throwing as hard as 102 miles per hour.

There is no TV coverage of the draft on Tuesday, but MLB.com will provide online streaming, including analysis and information from draft gurus Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo from MLB's New York Studios. He said, "They had offered a number that we felt that we could get a better offer from another team".

The Marlins made Rogers their top pick - 13th overall -- in Monday's draft. "I can't wait to put on the jersey and get out there and start playing". His mid-90s fastball, biting slider and easy delivery still kept many teams interested. Rounding out the top 10 was Kentucky high school outfielder Jordon Adell, the second player in attendance to be selected.

The MLB Draft's split between high school and college selections during the opening rounds generally fluctuates over the years, and the pendulum seems to be swinging toward the high schoolers again, at least with the draft's highest picks.

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