Upside Dictates the 2017 MLB Draft
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 19:16
"Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selection of RHP/SS Hunter Greene (6'3", 195) from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA with the team's first pick (2nd overall) of the 2017 first-year player draft.
Lewis, who turned 18 on June 5, hit.429 as a senior with nine doubles and four home runs for JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County.
He also brought home a gold medal as a part of the USA Baseball 18U National Team with a win over Cuba in the 2016 COP ABE Pan American AAA Championship.
Weeks before the draft, a report emerged suggesting the Twins would not take flame-throwing high school pitcher Hunter Greene with the No. 1 overall pick.
Lewis had a request: He'd found a picture of himself, Greene and Kentucky high schooler Jordon Adell and thought it'd be cool for the three friends and high-level draft prospects to sign copies of it and each keep one. "It's going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot".
After North Carolina high school outfielder Austin Beck went sixth to Oakland, a pair of University of Virginia teammates were picked with the next two selections: first baseman Pavin Smith to Arizona and outfielder Adam Haseley to Philadelphia.
With the 37th pick, the Twins drafted pitcher Landon Leach with the 37th pick. "I'm not going to comment on other players", Falvey said.
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. "I just love the game of baseball", he said. "We are excited for the opportunity to bring him into our organization".
The Brewers have selected ninth overall only once before in team history.
Royce Lewis was recommended by Twins scout John Leavitt.
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.
The record signing bonus for a Twins draftee is the $6 million they gave high school outfielder Byron Buxton as the No. 2 overall pick in 2012.
There was speculation that the Twins would take a college standout like dual threat Brendan McKay of Louisville or pitcher Kyle Wright of Vanderbilt. On Tuesday, Rounds 3-10 start at 1 p.m. ET, and Rounds 11-40 start Wednesday at noon ET.