The Major League Baseball draft has begun with Minnesota's selection of California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick.
In essence, with a competitive balance pick at No. 35 overall and a second-rounder at No. 37, the Twins have a chance to walk away with three first-round talents if the right players fall due to cost concerns. Lewis hit.377 with four homers and stole 25 bases for JSerra Catholic High School. But as the Major League Baseball draft approached, Greene was shut down as a pitcher and continued to play shortstop for his school - Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
This is the third time in the last four years that the Twins have selected a high school position player with their first round selection, selecting outfielder Alex Kirilloff in 2016 and infielder Nick Gordon in 2014.
The Yankees have gone mound heavy in the opening 10 rounds, taking nine pitchers among those picks - including eight from the college ranks.
Known for his blazing speed, scouts wonder if Lewis is best served in the outfield.
This is the first time the Twins have picked No. 1 since 2001 when they chose Joe Mauer.
Lewis had a request: He'd found a picture of himself, Greene and Kentucky high schooler Jordon Adell and thought it'd be cool for the three friends and high-level draft prospects to sign copies of it and each keep one.
"My body just went numb", Lewis said during an interview with MLB Network.
According to Baseball America, a Twins official said signability "will play a significant role".
The Milwaukee Brewers made UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura the ninth overall pick.
"I think I have more heart than numerous players out there", Lewis said. Had he been healthy, he would've been a sure-fire first-round pick, but the Draft-eligible sophomore didn't throw a pitch this season because of a back issue. He's also one of the most rounded and advanced high school players in recent memory.
The Twins have the largest pool at $14,156,800 as the first few picks of the draft have substantially higher values attached to them, but like a logarithmic curve it quickly drops and the bonus pools get close together in value. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is hitting.343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals. His mid-90s (mph) fastball, biting slider and easy delivery kept the Nationals interested.
The record signing bonus for a Twins draftee is the $6 million they gave high school outfielder Byron Buxton as the No. 2 overall pick in 2012. On Tuesday, Rounds 3-10 start at 1 p.m. ET, and Rounds 11-40 start Wednesday at noon ET.