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Twins picked Lewis after another draft prospect turned down their offer

Twins picked Lewis after another draft prospect turned down their offer

Royce Lewis, a hard-hitting shortstop from J. Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano, was the No. 1 selection by the Minnesota Twins, immediately followed by fireballing pitcher-infielder Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, taken second in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

The Minnesota Twins kept their choice for the top pick in the 2017 MLB Draft a secret until the very end before taking Royce Lewis.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lewis hit.377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra Catholic High School, establishing himself as a top prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat.

The Padres took North Carolina high school pitcher MacKenzie Gore with the third pick.

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.

"This is about getting as many players as we can in the Twins organization to help get us back to where we want to be as a team", Falvey said.

Major League Baseball teams were reportedly more interested in him as a pitcher, though, the position at which his fastball has been clocked as high as 102 miles per hour. But the Twins, who lead the AL Central after going 59-103 past year, classified him as a shortstop when Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement at MLB Network studios.

Prior to the season, Greene was named a Rawlings Perfect Game First Team All-American and to the California All-Region First Team.




Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said money was a factor, and they didn't believe any one player stood out strongly above the rest.

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.

The Twins made a bold move with the first pick.

We're just so excited to have him. Mookie Betts, drafted in the fifth round in 2011 by the Boston Red Sox, finished second in AL MVP balloting past year. But regardless of how he does it, the potential for McKay to become baseball's first two-way star in almost a century is unbelievably exciting.

While it's a lot to expect that type of performance, it shows how the pick could come to define the Twins going forward.

Atlanta selected Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright - who grew up a Braves fan - with the No. 5 pick, looking to augment a large stable of touted arms already in the team's farm system.

With the ninth selection, the Milwaukee Brewers snagged Keston Hiura of the University of California-Irvine, a second baseman that has hit at every level of competition. "They had offered a number that we felt we could get a better offer from another team or what not", he said.

Three players who finished in the top 10 in MVP voting in 2016 were drafted in Rounds 3-10. He has played for the US national team at various levels, helping the 18-and-under squad win the World Cup in 2015, when he was just 15 years old.


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