Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

This will be A.J. Preller's 3rd draft with the Padres and his first where he isn't missing a 1st round pick or has extra 1st round picks. “Theyre getting the full package, I believe.”.

The 31-year-old cashed in with a five-year, $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies during the offseason after turning in four 20/20 campaigns over the previous five seasons.

SC starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in May. And with the second pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Hunter Greene, a pitcher/shortstop from Notre Dame High School in California.

Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay was drafted fourth overall by Tampa Bay as a first baseman.

Two players with ties to Santa Clarita, Hunter Greene and Keston Hiura, are slated to be picked in the first round of the draft, tonight.

The Minnesota Twins selected shortstop Royce Lewis with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

"We know he's going to be a leader the second he steps on the field", Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.

As salaries hit the all time highs, and teams look for every edge, the time has come where a player is allowed to pitch and hit in the pros again.

The first of four prospects in attendance at the draft site to be selected, Greene was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher.

I won't go into much detail about Canning, as I covered him earlier, but he's a polished college right hander with big strikeout production and two swing and miss breaking balls. Outfielder/lefthanded pitcher Jake Mangum was watched by scouts all this season after he led the Southeastern Conference in batting as a 2016 freshman.

"I have never seen such an ultra-talented young man in life and in baseball". It's someone we knew would be considered as far back as last summer. While he also plays shortstop, the Reds plan on using him as a pitcher. Already there is talk he could be a designated hitter in the low minors when he's not pitching. John's baseball had six players drafted. We've definitely moved into some third-round territory here and the draft is today, so I think I'll cap this at this point. That's the most frustrating part about the MLB Draft - unlike its counterparts in the National Basketball Association or NFL, impacts aren't immediate; it takes years for the fruits of a draft pick to bloom. We're just so excited to have him.

While it's a lot to expect that type of performance, it shows how the pick could come to define the Twins going forward.

The Minnesota Twins held the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, and they chose to go with middle infield help. He batted.562 with 25 home runs, 61 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 53 runs as a senior, earning Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year honors. In interviews last night, McKay made it clear that the Twins had approached him with an offer.

Both MLB.com and Law list Pratto and Peterson as New York's leading candidates, and Baseball America says, "If Pratto is on the board, he'll go here". "It was an unbelievable feeling".

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