Twins select Royce Lewis No. 1 overall in MLB Draft

After months of anticipation, the Minnesota Twins selected California prep shortstop/centerfielder Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed batter, Lewis is a contact hitter with a solid approach at the plate. He isn’t a big time home run hitter, but should add more power as he matures. An impressive athlete, Lewis also has above-average speed that makes him dangerous on both sides of the ball.

Known for his blazing speed, scouts wonder if Lewis is best served in the outfield. However, Lewis is confident he can stick at shortstop in pro baseball.

The bonus slot value for the No. 1 overall pick is $7,770,700. The Twins have the largest draft bonus pool at $14,156,800.

Read my feature articles on Royce Lewis here:
Future is bright for Royce Lewis
Royce Lewis not caught up in MLB Draft attention

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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