SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have selected California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
The announcement Monday night at MLB Network Studios marks the third time the Twins have led off the draft, and first since they took hometown high school catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.
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The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lewis hit .377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra Catholic High School, establishing himself as a top prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat. He played both shortstop and outfield in high school, but the Twins classified him as a shortstop when Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the selection.
Lewis was a standout on USA Baseball's gold medal-winning Under-18 team at the Pan American Championships last year. He was also selected as this year's National High School Coaches Association's high school senior baseball athlete of year.
The Twins also picked outfielder Brent Rooker with the 35th pick. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior from Mississippi State is 22 years old.
With the 37th pick, the Twins drafted pitcher Landon Leach with the 37th pick. Landon is 18 years old, 6-foot-4, and 205 pounds. He graduated from Pickering High School in Louisiana.
The Twins spent the second day of the draft focused on adding pitching depth to their farm system.
The Twins selected Louisiana high school right-hander Blayne Enlow with their third-round pick. They selected Clemson left-hander Charlie Barnes in the fourth round, and highly touted third baseman Andrew Bechtold of Chipola College in Florida in the fifth round.
Puerto Rican shortstop Ricky De La Torre came in the sixth round followed by left-handers Ryley Widell of Central Arizona in the seventh and Bryan Sammons of Western Carolina in the eighth.
The Twins took California-Riverside outfielder Mark Contreras in the ninth round and Cal-Irvine right-hander Calvin Faucher in the 10th.