Top draft pick Lewis marks 1st bold move for Twins' Falvey


The photos' value skyrocketed Monday when the Minnesota Twins selected Lewis first overall and the Cincinnati Reds picked Greene at No. 2. On Monday, the 53rd annual First-Year Player Draft took place at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, NJ with clubs seeking a similar result from a potential franchise cornerstone.

There will be some who bemoan the Twins taking Royce Lewis as the first overall pick, and we saw some fan complaints already in the early aftermath.

The 6-foot-4, 220- pound first baseman leads the conference in batting average (.387), slugging (.810), on-base percentage (.495), hits (96), RBIs (82), doubles (30), home runs (23) and total bases (201).

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Hunter Greene out of Notre Dame High School was one of the most intriguing names on the board, starring as both a pitcher and a shortstop.

The San Diego Padres took left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore of Whiteville (N.C.) High School with the third pick.

No. 6 and No. 15 overall picks Austin Beck and J.B. Bukauskas reacted on Twitter after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros, respectively. The younger Guthrie is hitting.272 with four homers and 22 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Gators.

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"After my sophomore year, my numbers increased and a couple of scouts started coming to my games and I started to look at the draft as a realistic possibility", Greene said. His mid-90s (mph) fastball, biting slider and easy delivery kept the Nationals interested. "He loves him. He says he's a great kid, a hard worker and the kind of person we want in our system".

The Milwaukee Brewers made UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura the ninth overall pick. Perez, also a pitcher in high school, plans to have Tommy John surgery soon. New Mexico high school lefty Trevor Rogers got chosen 13th by Miami. North Carolina State shortstop Joseph Dunand, nephew of Alex Rodriguez, was selected as a third baseman by the Marlins at No. 51.

"He's got that "it" factor that a No. 1 pick needs to survive and move forward and have success at the end of the journey", said Mike Radcliff, the Twins' vice-president for player personnel. Wisconsin-Milwaukee catcher Daulton Varsho, son of ex-big league outfielder Gary Varsho, went No. 68 to Arizona.

Lewis was named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in California and a three-time Trinity League Player of the Year.

Alabama high school outfielder Bubba Thompson was the last of the four players at the draft to be selected, going to Texas with the 26th pick. The Twins, with the first pick, have more bonus pool money than any other team. The 2017 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.