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Upside Dictates the 2017 MLB Draft

Upside Dictates the 2017 MLB Draft”

The Cincinnati Reds select high school phenom Hunter Greene in the Major League Baseball draft. Named national player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association, he impressed evaluators and teammates alike with his selfless attitude. But as the Major League Baseball draft approached, Greene was shut down as a pitcher and continued to play shortstop for his school - Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Of the Mets' first 10 picks, nine are college players - the lone exception being second-rounder Mark Vientos, a third baseman from American Heritage High School in Florida.

SC starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in May.

Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school.

Hunter, 17, of California, has thrown pitches as fast as 102 miles per hour.

"I am just excited to go out there as soon as possible, be able to meet the staff and the players and get the ball rolling and start something special", Greene said.

Meanwhile, the Yankees grabbed pitching in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, taking Clarke Schmidt, a 21-year-old righty out of the University of SC, with the No. 16 overall selection.

This year, Greene has been ranked the No. 1 draft prospect by both MLB.com's Top 200 Draft Prospects and Baseball America's Top 200 MLB Draft Prospects. It wasn't until the morning of the draft that Lewis was mentioned as a candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"I think you use speed for everything: defensively, offensively, and it helps with range", Lewis said.

NO. 2: THE CINCINNATI REDS SELECT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL (CALIF.) PITCHER HUNTER GREENE The 17-year-old fire-baller Hunter Greene was considered by many to be the most talented player in the draft.

Following a monster spring at the plate, Rooker was once again selected by the Twins but this time it came as the 35th overall pick.

"I don't even know yet", he said, wearing a Cincinnati cap and jersey. He attended the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, CA, hit.419 as a junior and went 5-3 on the mound with a 1.63 ERA over 55.2 innings pitched.

Fellow high school prospect Jordon Adell, whom the Los Angeles Angels took at No. 10 overall, also got a similar shoutout from the big club's closer Huston Street.

The Twins, however, passed on Greene, allowing the Reds to strike.

The Twins used their competitive balance pick in the sandwich round to take Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker, who led the SEC this season in batting average, home runs and RBIs. He's also 10-3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and just 33 walks in 104 innings on the mound. New Mexico high school lefty Trevor Rogers got chosen 13th by Miami.

As the second day of the draft unfolded on Tuesday, the Twins took right-handed pitcher Blayne Enlow, a native of Louisiana, in the third round with the 76th overall selection.



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