Major League Baseball Draft Begins Monday June 12
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 9:24
Major League Baseball's annual draft of amateur players will be held Monday night and for the first time since 2001, the Minnesota Twins have the first overall pick.
The First-Year Player Draft covers three days from Monday through Wednesday and will take place at the Major League Baseball network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
There will be some who bemoan the Twins taking Royce Lewis as the first overall pick, and we saw some fan complaints already in the early aftermath. Lewis hit.377 with four homers and stole 25 bases for JSerra Catholic High School.
High school pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene received recognition from current big leaguers, as well as TV and radio host Larry King, after the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the No. 2 overall pick.
SIGNING DEADLINE: Teams must sign their drafted players, other than those who were college seniors, by 5 p.m. EDT on July 7.
McKay had teams considering whether they should draft him as a pitcher, hitter - or both. "We are excited for the opportunity to bring him into our organization". The opening round included 18 pitchers (12 right-handers), six outfielders, four first basemen, three shortstops, one second baseman and one third baseman.
"Once I heard my name called, it was an wonderful feeling", Lewis, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in this year's Draft, said. He went 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts in his junior year before tearing his UCL in late April. He was the L.A. Times' high school baseball player of the year after hitting.429 as a junior.
"Cody would have taken him 1/1 I think", Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek said.
Three players who finished in the top 10 in MVP voting in 2016 were drafted in Rounds 3-10. "We see this guy as an impact player on both sides of the ball". As a right-handed pitcher his fastball usually sits in the mid-90s, but has topped out in triple digits.
The Brewers have selected ninth overall only once before in team history.
Greene attended the draft - hosted in Secaucus, New Jersey, and broadcast on MLB Network - with his family.
Finally, they made their first two selections. Sixteen years later, the Twins have the first overall pick again.
It was an excruciating decision between USC ace Mark Prior and St. Paul prep catcher Joe Mauer.