Twins in first place as big draft night arrives

Notre Dame High School pitcher Hunter Greene will start his professional baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds after being selected second overall in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.

With the 37th pick, the Twins drafted pitcher Landon Leach with the 37th pick.

Greene throws four pitches for strikes, including a fastball that touches triple digits and a plus slider.

"I think you use speed for everything: defensively, offensively, and it helps with range", Lewis said. The MLB.com preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

The No. 2 prospect in the draft, McKay is also gifted in a similar way.

The Miami Marlins made left handed pitcher Trevor Rogers out of Carlsbad (N.M.) High School, their top choice in the MLB Draft with hopes that he will some day be on their roster in South Florida at some point down the road. Toronto also picked high school catcher Hagen Danner with their second-round selection (61st overall).

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 favourite team's first-round selection: SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16 overall.

Lewis was named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in California and a three-time Trinity League Player of the Year. He's also one of the most rounded and advanced high school players in recent memory. As a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 5 appearances, collecting 43 strikeouts with just 4 walks over 28.0 innings pitched. It's a scenario similar to when they took Joe Mauer with the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 over Mark Prior, as that went down to the wire and money was a consideration.

Byron Buxton, now starting for the Twins after playing with the 2015 Lookouts, was Twins first pick and the second overall pick in 2012. 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.

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10.

  • Julie Sanders