Twins draft prep California shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 2:00
In a touching moment that drew a standing ovation from the former major leaguers serving as team representatives, 11-year-old Yankees fan Landis Sims - born without hands or feet - announced his favorite team's first-round selection: SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16 overall. On the morning of the draft, our own Jeff Passan said McKay and Lewis were the two names in play.
Lewis thus becomes the second local Catholic high school player to be the No. 1 overall selection the draft.
Shortstop Lewis, 18, was selected first overall to begin the three-day, 40-round draft on Monday. For the fourth pick, the assigned value was $6,153,600 which is over $1.6 million less than the top spot.
The right-hander from California also played an impressive shortstop at Notre Dame High School, but a fastball that can reach 100 miles per hour has the Reds projecting him as a future ace. He had a 1.62 ERA over his high school career, also batting.324/.374/.598 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.
Hunter Greene (left) went No. 2 overall to the Reds in the 2017 MLB Draft.
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.
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. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, Gore led his high school team to three North Carolina state championships in four seasons.
Yes, the pick was reportedly in large part because Brendan McKay's number on the table was deemed too high, but keep in mind that Minnesota just landed the most talented high school player in the country.
With the fifth pick, the Atlanta Braves chose Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright. Despite posting a 4-1 record with a 1.34 ERA as a junior, the pick comes with uncertainty after he underwent Tommy John Surgery in May, but the Yankees are fond of his upside.
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. Lewis batted.388/.569/.662 with four home runs as a senior and was a 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game First Team All-American.
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. No experts or reporters were able to crack the Twins front office and figure out who the club would be taking at the top of the draft.
He played third base and outfield until his senior year when he moved over to shortshop. For a complete list of every selection, click on the MLB.com draft tracker at this link.
Error! There was an error processing your request. The MLB Draft's split between high school and college selections during the opening rounds generally fluctuates over the years, and the pendulum seems to be swinging toward the high schoolers again, at least with the draft's highest picks.