The Minnesota Twins have selected Royce Lewis SS from JSerra Catholic HS with the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 12, 2017
Royce Lewis is one of the top shortstops in the in the draft and utilizes his athleticism on the diamond. It’s unknown if he has the arm strength to remain at shortstop, but his plus speed will aid him if he does make a move to the outfield.
Lewis makes consistent contact at the plate as he hit .429 with nine doubles, four homers, and 25 stolen bases this past season, per William Boor of MLB.com.
The athleticism by Lewis isn’t much of a surprise as his father, William, played college football at Fullerton College and Chico State, and his mother, Cindy, played softball at San Jose State.
Though Lewis is a high school player, it wouldn’t be surprising if he advances through the minors very fast.
Lewis draws some comparisons to Adam Jones.
The Twins drafting Lewis was a shock to some people, but he is definitely one of the most athletic players in the draft class.
- Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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