Twins select SS Royce Lewis with 1st overall selection in MLB Draft

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Armed with the first pick in the 2017 MLB Players Draft the Minnesota Twins took a conservative approach and selected high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the first overall pick.

Here is Lewis' player profile from

Royce Lewis is a 2017 SS/2B/OF with a 6-2 188 lb. frame from Aliso Viejo, CA who attends J Serra HS. Long and slender athletic build, high waist, has good present strength with room for more. Graceful athlete who does everything smoothly. 6.64 runner, has made significant improvement defensively in the infield, arm action has taken two steps forward, shows quickness to the ball in the infield and good balance, gets rid of the ball quickly, very good charging the ball with his hand quickness and release. Shows natural outfield actions with nice arm strength and good balance/footwork. Right handed hitter, high leg lift trigger, gets his foot down in time and has good timing, short and quick swing, showed big power to the middle of the field and the right centerfield gap, good lower half use in his swing, has barrel skills and squares the ball up. Very projectable athlete, most impressed by the defensive improvement. Good student, verbal commitment to UC Irvine. Selected for the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Most accounts had the Twins going after Brendan McKay with the first overall pick and reports surfaced right before the draft that McKay was the target for Minnesota but he declined an offer made by the Twins.

Lewis was not among the top-3 options on most boards heading into the evening so the missed offer on McKay might have forced the team's hand away from riskier options like Hunter Greene and towards "the best athlete in the draft" and who is being called the best everyday player in the draft with Lewis.

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