Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1


Had he entered the Draft as a position player, he likely would also have been a first-round pick.

Greene was a two-way stud in high school, as he had enough power to win home run derbies and was dominant as a pitcher, throwing as hard as 102 miles per hour.

Leach, a high school senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canana, recently converted from catcher to pitcher. After 75 picks in the first two rounds on Monday, we will see 240 picks on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10.

Slot value for the No. 1 overall pick this year is $7.77 million, but the Twins aren't expected to pay that much to steer Lewis away from a University of California, Irvine commitment.

"We know he's going to be a leader the second he steps on the field".

Greene was next to come off the board - and until he did, many wondered where he would fit as a pro. Greene was in NY for the draft. The 17-year-old was announced as a pitcher.

Greene was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher. On the morning of the draft, our own Jeff Passan said McKay and Lewis were the two names in play. "I'm just going to go out there and compete and challenge and pound the zone and go after guys like I know I can and like everybody else knows I can".

Because Greene has not pitched since early April, the Reds will use him in the field until he eases back into pitching shape, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. Instead, he ended up going No. 2 to Cincinnati, which will exercise precautions with him.

I'll continue to write-up individual profiles of draftees for at least the first couple draftees today, but for the later picks on whom there's less information at some point it'll be a summary page depending on exactly how things develop.

During his senior season at Notre Dame, Greene was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in five games, recording 43 strikeouts and four walks over 28 innings.

"I am just excited to go out there as soon as possible, be able to meet the staff and the players and get the ball rolling and start something special", Greene said.

Belcher never signed with Minnesota - he was drafted first overall again one year later by the New York Yankees in the draft's secondary phase. Minnesota took hometown catcher Joe Mauer first overall in 2001 and right-hander Tim Belcher with the first pick of the 1983 draft. Landon is 18 years old, 6-foot-4, and 205 pounds.

Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school, but the Twins classified him as a shortstop when Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement at MLB Network studios.

"My body just went numb", Lewis said during an interview with MLB Network. "It was an unbelievable feeling".

Radcliff also said that they didn't see a lot of separation between the top handful of guys, and obviously Lewis was in that handful in their minds. Romero threw 48.2 innings for Houston in the spring and has strong present stuff, with a 93-96 miles per hour fastball and a swing-and-miss slider that could be effective in the Nationals' bullpen, perhaps this season. "I'm really thrilled that we were able to get him at No. 2".

SC starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in May. High school shortstop Adam Hall of London, Ont., went to Baltimore with the 60th overall pick. New Mexico high school lefty Trevor Rogers got chosen 13th by Miami. Tar Heels outfielder Brian Miller just missed joining them, being picked by the Marlins with the 36th overall selection. The Pepperdine commit hit.394 with six home runs for the Monarchs, and the San Diego Padres are hoping that he produces offensively as the 69th pick.

Twins officials spoke highly about Lewis throughout the draft process.