Twins select SS Royce Lewis No. 1 overall

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

With the first overall pick in the draft, the Twins have selected shortstop Royce Lewis from JSerra Catholic High School out of San Juan Capistrano, California.

He also brought home a gold medal as a part of the USA Baseball 18U National Team with a win over Cuba in the 2016 COP ABE Pan American AAA Championship. Lewis may have been a surprise to some baseball people, as the Twins were connected to many other names prior to the draft, including high school phenom Hunter Greene.

The announcement Monday night at MLB Network Studios marks the third time the Twins have led off the draft, and first since they took hometown high school catcher Joe Mauer in 2001. "I can't wait to put on the jersey and get out there and start playing".

The Blue Jays were one of only three teams picking twice in the first round Monday. While he also plays shortstop, the Reds plan on using him as a pitcher.

The last time three players were chosen out of high school with the top picks, they were Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, Tony Clark of the Detroit Tigers, and Mike Lieberthal of the Philadelphia Phillies. "We'll let the baseball play take care of itself".

Lexington, N.C., prep outfielder Austin Beck, drafted sixth overall by the Athletics, joined Bukauskas, Warmoth and Gore to give the state of North Carolina four first-round picks, tying a state record.

"I feel like I haven't even grown into any of my man strength yet", he said. He wasn't sure what he was going to do but the high second-round selection may factor in his decision to attend school or head to the pros.

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His father, William, played football at Fullerton College and Chino State, and his mother, Cindy, played softball at U.S. global and San Jose State. As a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 5 appearances, collecting 43 strikeouts with just 4 walks over 28.0 innings pitched. It's someone we knew would be considered as far back as last summer.

"It's just awesome, getting to swing it every day, play every day", McKay said in an interview with MLB Network.

Unusual skill: I make a lot of people laugh and have a lot of fun.

"We used to call him Bambi", said Kay.

The Milwaukee Brewers made UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura the ninth overall pick. His mid-90s fastball, biting slider and easy delivery still kept many teams interested. The lefthanded pitcher was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round by the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Among the second-round picks was North Carolina State shortstop Joseph Dunand, the nephew of Alex Rodriguez who was selected as a third baseman by Miami at No. 51 overall. He batted.562 with 25 home runs, 61 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 53 runs as a senior, earning Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year honors.

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