Twins in first place as big draft night arrives

Royce Lewis, an 18-year-old shortstop for JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, was the Twins' choice as the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday night.

Several amateur baseball players realized their childhood dreams on Monday when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred called their names during the 2017 first-year player draft.

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.

Lewis thus becomes the second local Catholic high school player to be the No. 1 overall selection the draft.

Drafting first overall for just the third time in the event's 53-year history, would the Twins select a college pitcher such as Louisville left-hander Brendan McKay or Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright?

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.

Then, at No. 65, SC right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe was selected by the Washington Nationals. "I think he profiles in center field".

In Rogers senior year of high school alone, the big young man threw three no-hitters, one of them being a flawless game. Lefthanded pitcher Nick Lodolo from Damien, taken in Round 2 (41st overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates, opted to attend Texas Christian University where he posted a 5-1 won-lost mark for the Horned Frogs in 2017.

"We know he's going to be a leader the second he steps on the field".

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.

If the Twins offer a smaller signing bonus to Lewis, however, they could in theory move some of that money to help convince another player to sign at pick No. 35 or 37, for example.

Lewis brings a lot of upside as the top high school position player in the draft and the closest prep player to being a five-tool player.

"Cody would have taken him 1/1 I think", Marlins vice-president of scouting Stan Meek said.

The Twins are sitting on top of the American League Central standings this year with a 32-27 record.

Falvey said Minnesota's choice came down to the waning minutes, and the decision to pass on Greene was "really tough".

He sounded happy to have a chance to keep hitting, though the Rays said they'll give him an opportunity on the mound in the minors as well.

"We're happy we got Royce".

McKay had teams considering whether they should draft him as a pitcher, hitter - or both. He's also 10-3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and 33 walks in 104 innings on the mound. It's worth noting however that a year ago they didn't take any high school pitchers until the 11th round leading off Day 3.

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