Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

With the No. 35 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected Mississippi State Bulldogs first baseman Brent Rooker.

And in a Major League Baseball draft stocked with several two-way talents at the top, the first-place Minnesota Twins went another way Monday night.

Hunter Greene, a pitcher and shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., walks off the stage after being selected No. 2 by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, Monday, Ju. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, he hit.377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases this season, establishing himself as a premier prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat.

Fellow high school prospect Jordon Adell, whom the Los Angeles Angels took at No. 10 overall, also got a similar shoutout from the big club's closer Huston Street.

At No. 3, San Diego selected North Carolina high school left-hander MacKenzie Gore. Though the Bulldogs moved him to first base this year, he played right field as a redshirt sophomore and has enough range and arm strength to do at least a passable job on the outfield corners.

Greene went No. 2 to the Cincinnati Reds.

Lewis was somewhat of a surprise selection, getting taken over two-way stars Brendan McKay and Hunter Greene, as well as right-hander Kyle Wright.

Florida pitcher Alex Faedo was unaware that the Detroit Tigers made him their selection at No. 18 because the right-hander was busy helping lead the Gators into the College World Series. The Twins, with the first pick, have more bonus pool money than any other team.

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The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Schmidt dazzled on the mound this season as the Gamecocks ace.

"My body just went numb", Lewis said during an interview with MLB Network. High school shortstop Adam Hall of London, Ont., went to Baltimore with the 60th overall pick. His mid-90s fastball, biting slider and easy delivery still kept many teams interested.

Lewis, a UC Irvine commit advised by Scott Boras, believes his makeup, along with his physical tools, helped him stand out among other candidates for the No. 1 pick.

At No. 13, Miami took New Mexico high school lefty Trevor Rogers, who was also at the draft site and is the cousin of former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross.

Shortstop Royce Lewis of JSerra was one of the top players in Southern California.

The last time the Blue Jays had the 22nd overall pick was in 2012 when they chose right-hander Marcus Stroman out of Duke.

The MLB draft continues with Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. ET.

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