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Twins Add Three In Draft

20 June 2017, 11:07 | Erica Roy

Baseball Roundup: It's MLB Draft Day! Twins, You're On The Clock

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer singles during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Sunday

The recommended slot value for the first overall pick is roughly $7.7 million, and if the Twins spend all of that, they've used up more than half their draft-pool money on one player.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed batter, Lewis is a contact hitter with a solid approach at the plate. The top two draft picks on Monday were Royce Lewis from JSerra and Hunter Greene from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

NO. 3: THE SAN DIEGO PADRES SELECT WHITEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL (N.C.) PITCHER MACKENZIE GORE While 18-year-old Mackenzie Gore was never mentioned for the No. 1 overall spot by the Twins, he was considered an elite prospect by many analysts. (The number one rule of corner players is that they must hit.) As he swings, Lewis shows an alarming tendency to pull his front side open and off the pitch.

Then, at No. 65, SC right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe was selected by the Washington Nationals.

"I think you use speed for everything: defensively, offensively, and it helps with range", Lewis said. He's also one of the most rounded and advanced high school players in recent memory. In the National League, Anthony Rizzo (sixth round in 2007 by the Red Sox) finished fourth for the Chicago Cubs, and Justin Turner (seventh round in 2006 by the Cincinnati Reds) finished ninth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It's going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot".

Leach, a high school senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canana, recently converted from catcher to pitcher.

McKay told the Tampa Bay Times that Minnesota made him an offer to be the first overall pick, but he thought he "could get a better offer from another team". We're just so excited to have him.

"Cody would have taken him 1/1 I think", Marlins vice-president of scouting Stan Meek said.

The top local Catholic school selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, outfielder Blake Rutherford of Chaminade Prep in West Hills (round 1, 18th overall), is batting.280 for the New York Yankees' Charleston River Dogs in the Class-A Sally League. It's worth noting however that previous year they didn't take any high school pitchers until the 11th round leading off Day 3.

Falvey said the Twins' choice came down to the waning minutes and the decision to pass on Greene was "really tough".

"We're happy we got Royce". He's also 10-3 with 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts and just 33 walks in 104 innings on the mound. North Carolina State shortstop Joseph Dunand, nephew of Alex Rodriguez, was selected as a third baseman by the Marlins at No. 51.

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