SECAUCUS, N.J.- The Minnesota Twins adopted California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 collect in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night.
It was the third occasion the Twins headed off the preparation of the proposed programme, and first because they are took hometown high school catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.
Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school, but the Twins categorized him as a shortstop when Commissioner Rob Manfred became the edict at MLB Network studios.
“My body only vanished numb, ” Lewis said during an interview with MLB Network. “It was an unbelievable feeling.”
The 6-foot-1, 185 -pound Lewis hit. 377 with four homers and 25 stolen theories for JSerra Catholic High School, demonstrating himself as a top expectation with good speed and a solid bat.
He was a standout on USA Baseball’s gold medal-winning Under-1 8 team at the Pan American Championships last year and was selected as this year’s National High School Coaches Association’s high school elderly baseball athlete of the year.
“You watch him play on the field, it’s virulent, ” Twins principal baseball officer Derek Falvey read. “He’s a guy who loves his teammates. You can see him moving around all the time, being a part of it. We’re just so excited to have him.
“We know he’s going to be a leader the second he steps on the field. We’ll told the baseball continue take care of itself.”
With the second pick, Cincinnati made California high school right-hander Hunter Greene, one of the top two-way expertises in a sketch furnished with them.
Greene, selected as a pitcher, likewise played shortstop at Notre Dame High School, but a fastball that can reach 100 mph has the Reds projecting him as a future a-one. He was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts with only four treads in 28 innings this season. Greene too batted. 324 with six homers and 28 RBIs.
The first of four promises in attendance at the preparation of the proposed programme area to be selected, Greene was asked to give a scout reporting under himself as a pitcher.
“Man, I’m a being, ” he answered, chuckling. “I’m different on the field than I am off the field. I’m just going to go out there and play and objection and pound the zone and go after guys like I know I can and like everybody else knows I can.”
And while the Reds drafted him as a pitcher, Greene resounded as though he still might have blueprints on playing the infield, too.
“I don’t even know yet, ” he alleged, wearing a Cincinnati cap and t-shirt. “I still cherish doing both and I visualize the ballclub is excited for coming two participates for one. So I think they’re fairly pumped up for that, so we’ll see how it works out.”
Falvey said the Twins’ choice came down to the waning instants and the decision to pass on Greene was “really tough.”
“We seemed Royce disconnected himself from those other chaps only a little bit, and we feel like he’s mortal that we’ll build around for the future, ” Falvey said.
At No. 3, San Diego adopted North Carolina high school left-hander MacKenzie Gore.
With his big leg kick, Gore hurls a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-9 0s( mph) to go along with a knee-buckling swerve. He also has a hard slider and solid changeup in his arsenal.
Louisville two-way performed Brendan McKay was drafted fourth overall by Tampa Bay as a first baseman.
McKay had squads considering whether they should sketch him as a pitcher, hitter — or both. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of its first year is hitting. 343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals. He’s likewise 10 -3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and exactly 33 moves in 104 innings on the mound.
Atlanta adopted Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright with the No. 5 pick, looking to augment a large stable of touted arms already in the Braves’ farm system.
The 6-foot-4, 220 -pound Wright, who grew up a Braves fan, ran 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA, 121 strikeouts and 31 strolls in 103 1/3 innings sloped. With his mid-9 0s fastball, knee-buckling curve and physical length, Wright is considered a potential front-end starter.