Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

"We see him as an impact player on both sides of the ball". Most draft pundits agree that Greene appears to be the top talent in the draft, but it's been over 20 years since a high school pitcher (most prefer Greene's pitching to his hitting) has been taken with the top pick.

Toronto also had a second-round pick Monday night, choosing high school catcher Hagen Danner 61st overall.

He was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher. "I have never seen such an ultra-talented young man in life and in baseball". "I'm different on the field than I am off the field. If you're still interested, call us and let us know.' That was a bit of a bummer".

While Reds GM Dick Williams said that Greene will be tried as a pitcher first, he said the door to the 17-year-old eventually playing in the field isn't closed.

At No. 3, the San Diego Padres selected North Carolina prep left-hander MacKenzie Gore, marking the first time since 1990 that the top three picks were all high school players. There's plenty of room for regret if two-way players Hunter Greene and Brendan McKay, who were widely advertised as the best players available, end up succeeding as professionals. He was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts with only four walks in 28 innings this season. "It's going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot".

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

Finally, they made their first two selections.

No. 6 and No. 15 overall picks Austin Beck and J.B. Bukauskas reacted on Twitter after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros, respectively.




UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura went ninth to Milwaukee even though he was limited to DH duties this season and is expected to have surgery once he signs.

Not a bad choice for the once-undersized high school freshman.

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.

Royce Lewis was recommended by Twins scout John Leavitt.

"I have taken responsibility for my conduct when I was a teenager".

"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. The crafty pitcher with a fastball that reaches 96 miles per hour and a slider, curveball and changeup in his repertoire intrigued the Yankees despite concerns over his irregular delivery.

Then a star at Cretin-Derham Hall, first baseman Joe Mauer was the last player selected by the Twins with the No. 1 overall pick. For one, there are no longer four-minute breaks in between picks, a process that causes it to take forever for you to find out who your team is selecting whether you're going third or thirtieth.

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