Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No

Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

He was selected in the 36th round by the Philadelphia Phillies previous year, but opted to return for the 2017 season. Then Tar Heels shortstop Logan Warmoth went seven picks later as the No. 22 overall pick to the Blue Jays. This rule should be examined closely, because it really puts baseball players at a disadvantage given that they have to wait three years while basketball players can leave at any point following their first year of college. Since 2012, Kevin Gausman, Michael Wacha, Marcus Stroman, Marco Gonzales, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Carlos Rodon, Aaron Nola, and Carson Fulmer have all been top 30 picks who have reached the majors within two years of being selected. He's committed to Louisiana State University.

That postseason run came after Tampa Bay picked first overall in two straight drafts, taking David Price in 2007 and Tim Beckham in 2008.

The Minnesota Twins held the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, and they made a decision to go with middle infield help.

Also an option at No. 1 was California high schooler Hunter Greene, who boasts a 102-mph fastball and played shortstop for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. "I can't even explain it", Lewis told MLB Network. "It was an unbelievable feeling". He's a power-speed player who hit.388 with four home runs and 25 stolen bases as a high school senior.

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.

--Cory Abbott, a right-handed pitcher who tossed the first ideal game in the history of Loyola Marymount University baseball on March 25, was taken in the second round (67th overall) by the Chicago Cubs. But of course you don't have the opportunity to develop him into an ace starter.

"We used to call him Bambi", said Kay. People in the know predicted the Twins would go for Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright instead. He's the first high school baseball player to grace the SI cover since Bryce Harper.

Weeks before the draft, a report emerged suggesting the Twins would not take flame-throwing high school pitcher Hunter Greene with the No. 1 overall pick. Wright is a 6-4, 220-pound right-hander who was 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA this season. Greene also batted.324 with six homers and 28 RBIs.

"I worked really hard past year after the season ended and throughout the course of the offseason and season to put myself in the best position possible to begin my professional career", Rooker said.

Lewis said all of his role models have played shortstop and hopes to stay there, but there are scouts who see center field as his best future position. "I'm just going to go out there and compete and challenge and pound the zone and go after guys like I know I can and like everybody else knows I can".

"After my sophomore year, my numbers increased and a couple of scouts started coming to my games and I started to look at the draft as a realistic possibility", Greene said.

"Man, I'm a monster", he said, chuckling.

"If a guy can figure out how to handle his arm and his body and not get worn down and stay healthy, it could add a whole new level in having two-guys-in-one that can do both", McKay said.

Among other local Catholic school players in line to be selected were third baseman Jason Gonzalez of Bishop Amat High School, La Puente, and pitchers Daniel Ritcheson of Bishop Alemany HS, Mission Hills; Carlos Lomeli, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower; and Isaiah Paige, Damien HS, La Verne. Upper-90s (mph) fastball that can hit triple digits suggests pro future is as pitcher with electric stuff and excellent command. Fastball kicked up a few miles per hour as senior and sits in low- to mid-90s to go along with knee-buckling curve, but also has hard slider and solid changeup in arsenal.

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

Florida pitcher Alex Faedo was unaware that the Detroit Tigers made him their selection at No. 18 because the right-hander was busy helping lead the Gators into the College World Series.

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