After taking HS outfielder Blake Rutherford a year ago, the Yankees opted for proven product with the selection of SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt.
Greene attended the Draft at MLB Network studios and did not have to waste a moment to put on a Reds jersey and cap while meeting MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year for California, Lewis was chosen the Most Valuable Player last year in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field and in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
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.
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.
- The Minnesota Twins picked a high school shortstop for the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
“We know he’s going to be a leader the second he steps on the field”, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.
NO. 2: THE CINCINNATI REDS SELECT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL (CALIF.) PITCHER HUNTER GREENE The 17-year-old fire-baller Hunter Greene was considered by many to be the most talented player in the draft. “I’m not going to comment on other players”, Falvey said.
Greene was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher.
“Man, I’m a monster”, he said, chuckling.
“He’s the best athlete I think I’ve ever seen”, Kay said. Already, there is talk he could be a designated hitter in the low minors when he’s not pitching. “We see him as an impact player on both sides of the ball”.
Among other local Catholic school players in line to be selected were third baseman Jason Gonzalez of Bishop Amat High School, La Puente, and pitchers Daniel Ritcheson of Bishop Alemany HS, Mission Hills; Carlos Lomeli, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower; and Isaiah Paige, Damien HS, La Verne. On the mound as a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched before being shut down to conserve his arm, given his pro career ahead.
In mock drafts, Lewis was projected to go 4th by ESPN and MLB.com and 7th by Baseball America, though he became a candidate for the Twins on draft day alongside Louisville’s Brendan McKay and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Wright. “It’s going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot”.
Last year, Brent Rooker chose to return to Mississippi State for his redshirt junior season after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round.
He is a power-speed player who hit.388 with four home runs and 25 stolen bases as a high school senior. But the Twins, who lead the AL Central after going 59-103 previous year, 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.