"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.
In essence, with a competitive balance pick at No. 35 overall and a second-rounder at No. 37, the Twins have a chance to walk away with three first-round talents if the right players fall due to cost concerns.
The right-handed hitting Lewis was also named the Los Angeles Times High School Player of the Year as a junior in 2016, after hitting.429 with nine doubles and four home runs.
The 18-year-old Lewis was a standout on USA Baseball's gold medal-winning Under-18 team at the Pan American Championships last year and was selected as this year's National High School Coaches Association's high school senior baseball athlete of the year. Heimlich, originally projected as a third- or fourth-round pick, pleaded guilty as a teenager five years ago to molesting a 6-year-old girl. Central and you can get live updates of all of the picks, including local college and high school players.
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. Jones finished with a.303 batting average, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBIs, making him one of the best switch-hitters in the history of the game. "We got to know him very deeply and he'll be a big part of our future".
If they wanted an arm then Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay would make the most sense, and early predictions show that the Twins would lean toward McKay.
"I worked really hard a year ago after the season ended and throughout the course of the offseason and season to put myself in the best position possible to begin my professional career", Rooker said.
"Once I heard my name called, it was an fantastic feeling", Lewis, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in this year's Draft, said.
"We felt Royce separated himself from those other guys just a bit, and we feel like he's somebody that we'll build around for the future", Falvey said. 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. The only other player drafted by the Dodgers at No. 62 was MI high school outfielder Billy Ashley in 1988. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.