Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

Posted June 14, 2017

The 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year for California, Lewis was chosen the Most Valuable Player last year in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field and in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.

Shortstop Lewis, 18, was selected first overall to begin the three-day, 40-round draft on Monday.

As the second day of the draft unfolded on Tuesday, the Twins took right-handed pitcher Blayne Enlow, a native of Louisiana, in the third round with the 76th overall selection. But again, it all hinged upon the Twins' selection. He would go on to play almost 2000 games in the big leagues and be worth 33.1 WAR, per Baseball-Reference. For the fourth pick, the assigned value was $6,153,600 which is over $1.6 million less than the top spot. He's also one of the most rounded and advanced high school players in recent memory. On the heels of drafting University of Tennessee slugger Nick Senzel in 2016, all signs pointed to the Reds selecting Hunter Greene, the two-way star out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.

Hunter, 17, of California, has thrown pitches as fast as 102 miles per hour.

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At No. 3, San Diego selected North Carolina prep left-hander MacKenzie Gore, marking the first time since 1990 that the top three picks were all high school players.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez). Jordon Adell, an outfielder and pitcher from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., talks to a member of the Los Angeles Angels after being selected No. 10 by the Angels in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, M.

The younger Clemens hit.305 for the Longhorns this season, along with a team-leading 12 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Atlanta selected Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright — who grew up a Braves fan — with the No. 5 pick, looking to augment a large stable of touted arms already in the teams farm system. He became the seventh Alabama native selected in the first round of the draft, according to AL.com. Greene also batted.324 with six homers and 28 RBI.

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Still, the athleticism to smoothly transition from shortstop to center field and the ability to provide loud contact thanks to plus bat speed makes the Desmond/Lewis comparison a reasonable one.

UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura was the ninth pick. Big West player of year led Division I hitters with.442 batting average and.567 on-base percentage. Comes from same high school that produced Giancarlo Stanton, who went in second round to Marlins in 2007.

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.

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