Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

The No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball's draft belongs to the Minnesota Twins - who don't exactly look like a rebuilding project these days. An examination of the past four drafts, prior to 2017, offers up some staggering numbers when it comes to the time it takes to reach the major leagues, for players drafted and signed out of high school compared to those at either two-year junior colleges or three- and four-year university programs.

Jake: I think the Tigers should take the best player available, because this farm system could use as much talent as possible.

The 2017 Major League Baseball draft kicks off Monday night at 7 p.m. (EST) from the MLB Network Studios in New Jersey. "It was an unbelievable feeling". Lewis is the sixth player ever selected in the draft out of JSerra Catholic High School, and the highest since catcher Austin Hedges was selected by the Padres in the second round in 2011.

"This guy gets it", said Mike Radcliff, Twins vice president for player personnel. His teammates call him "Babe Ruth", after a legend who did both himself. If that is the case, the Twins will be bringing him up at a good time. Law even labeled it "top-five stuff", but cited some minor concerns with Hall's makeup that have him sliding a bit on draft boards.

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

The Orioles may not end up drafting any one of these players, either because some other team takes them first or because the Orioles go in a different direction than expected.

The Pirates have drafted Shane Baz, a Texas high school right-handed pitcher, with the 12th overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

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.

Baz now sits 90-93 miles per hour with his fastball and his top secondary pitches are his cutter and slider (two distinct pitches for him, actually). Wright is a 6-4, 220-pound right-hander who was 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA this season.

"I worked really hard previous year after the season ended and throughout the course of the offseason and season to put myself in the best position possible to begin my professional career", Rooker said. Greene instead went to the Reds with the second overall pick.

But what Hill and his coaching staff are doing is to train their players - draft eligible or not - to be mentally focused, play in the moment and eliminate what can happen if someone gets too wrapped up in the hoopla, anxiety and fear that only serves as a distraction. "I think everybody here realizes it's not going to be a move that is going to help us right away".

With his big leg kick, Gore throws a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-90s (mph) to go along with a knee-buckling curve. Right-hander Joe Lancellotti at no. 190 and third baseman Buddy Kennedy at no. 229 could also have a hard time saying no to a professional career.

Then it was McKay, another two-way star from Louisville, going fourth overall to the Rays as a first baseman. "He is a 2-way prospect who has shown an advanced feel for pitching, significant raw power with the bat and very good fielding ability". He's a two-time victor of the John Olerud Two-Way Player award and is the favorite to win it again this year after hitting.343 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals. He's also 10-3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and 33 walks in 104 innings on the mound.

  • Julie Sanders