Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 4:13
His arm might be a touch short for the infield position, but teams might be willing to send him out and let him play his way off the dirt.
Cincinnati used the second selection to take California high school right-hander Hunter Greene, one of the top two-way talents in a draft full of them.
Greene, chosen as a pitcher, also played shortstop at Notre Dame High School.
This does make Rooker count as a first round drafted Dog, meaning the program has produced a first rounder now in four of the last six seasons. He does have a solid, sharp-breaking curveball, however, and he's left-handed, which puts him ahead of Pearson for me.
University of Virginia juniors went back to back, as the Arizona Diamondbacks selected first baseman Pavin Smith at No. 7 and the Philadelphia Phillies picked center fielder Adam Haseley at No. 8. "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". The 6-3, 195-pound Greene, who was at the draft in Secaucus, N.J., went second overall to the Reds.
"I feel like I haven't even grown into any of my man strength yet", he said. Or maybe Brendan McKay, Louisville's two-way player?
Detroit Tigers first-round picks this century have generally helped the team in one way or another. He also has the foundations of a usable big-league changeup.
McKay was the first college player selected.
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.
Rivera was the Perfect Game Junior College Player of the Year out of Chipola College where he hit.438 with 20 doubles, 20 homers and 77 RBIs. He had a 2.34 ERA, with 10 wins and 140 strikeouts in 104 innings. The Yankees grabbed SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16 after he had Tommy John surgery this spring.
After losing 103 games past year, the Twins (32-27) are leading the AL Central heading into Monday night's draft. If they can get similar production out of Lewis, they'll be more than satisfied. His mid-90s fastball, biting slider and easy delivery still kept many teams interested. The front office will hope that they can build a better rotation - and with it, a National League contender - around Hunter Greene, who still has a long way to go before he's playing in the major leagues. It's worth noting however that previous year they didn't take any high school pitchers until the 11th round leading off Day 3.
"Will Crowe, RHP, South Carolina - Crowe is a big boy at 6'2" and 250, and he sat for all of 2016 after having TJ surgery in 2015. His father signed 28 years ago with Pittsburgh as a catcher, leaving the Dominican Republic to chase his dream.
Surprise leaders in the AL Central after finishing 59-103 a year ago, the Twins spent their No. 1 pick on speedy Royce Lewis, a slick-fielding shortstop out of JSerra Catholic High School in California.