Minnesota Twins select Brent Rooker with the 35th overall pick

With the No. 1 pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, the Minnesota Twins passed over Keith Law's top prospect on his big board, Hunter Greene, and two-way college player Brendan McKay in favor of JSerra High School shortstop Royce Lewis.

The Twins continue the 2017 First-Year Player Draft tomorrow with rounds 3-10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. CT.

The more Reds general manager Dick Williams saw Hunter Greene, the more he anxious the organization's No. 2 overall pick wasn't high enough to get the California high school righthander.

The right-handed hitting Lewis was also named the Los Angeles Times High School Player of the Year as a junior in 2016, after hitting.429 with nine doubles and four home runs.

High school pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene received recognition from current big leaguers, as well as TV and radio host Larry King, after the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the No. 2 overall pick.

The players mentioned as candidates for the top picks include: HS RHP/SS Hunter Greene, Louisville LHP/1B Brendan McKay, Vanderbilt RHP Kyle Wright, HS LHP MacKenzie Gore and HS SS/OF Royce Lewis.

The Blue Jays were one of only three teams picking twice in the first round Monday.

He hit.324 with six home runs and 28 RBIs while playing a slick shortstop. "We are excited for the opportunity to bring him into our organization". High school shortstop Adam Hall of London, Ont., went to Baltimore with the 60th overall pick. Heimlich, originally projected as a third- or fourth-round pick, pleaded guilty as a teenager five years ago to molesting a 6-year-old girl.

"I think he understands that he's in a really good spot", said Kay.

Greene, 17, in his career at Notre Dame High School posted a 1.62 ERA over 121.1 innings pitched while striking out 30 percent of the batters he faced. Rounding out the top 10 was Kentucky high school outfielder Jordon Adell, the second player in attendance to be selected.

Mike Radcliff, Twins vice president of player personnel, called Lewis "one of elite athletes" of any draft and said his speed is near the top of the scouting scale.

Washington took left-hander Seth Romero at No. 25, even though he was dismissed from the University of Houstons baseball program last month for repeated violations of school and athletic department policies. The crafty pitcher with a fastball that reaches 96 miles per hour and a slider, curveball and changeup in his repertoire intrigued the Yankees despite concerns over his irregular delivery.

For the past three seasons Lewis played mostly third base and center field while others handled shortstop.

William Lewis, Royce's father, told the Orange County Register that his son's first word was 'ball.' Perhaps that was a sign of what was to come. The Padres will then select again later tonight with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round (39th overall) and with a Competitive Balance Round B pick (69th overall).

With Falvey in the captain's chair for the first time during the first-year player draft, the first bold move was finally made.

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