Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

Hunter Greene a pitcher and shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks Calif. buttons on a Cincinnati Reds jersey after being selected No. 2 by the Reds in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday

High school coach Brett Kay had high praise for his star back in April.

Unlike last spring when Mickey Moniak shot up draft boards and wound up going No. 1 overall to the Philadelphia Phillies, there's no consensus top talent among high school position players this year.

"We're so excited to have him as part of the organization", Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. It's possible both the Twins and Reds might be more comfortable selecting someone other than Greene and the Padres would be waiting to pounce. Greene throws four pitches for strikes, including a fastball that touches triple digits and a plus slider.

Shortstop Lewis, 18, was selected first overall to begin the three-day, 40-round draft on Monday.

Originally a shortstop during his time with the Washington Nationals, Desmond moved to the outfield last season, where he quickly settled in as a viable option in center field.

"I have never seen such an ultra-talented young man in life and in baseball". "I'm different on the field than I am off the field". We enjoyed getting to know Hunter and his family during this process.

Leach was the first Canadian player selected in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. After a knee injury effectively ended his fielding career in the late 1980s, he found a second life as a designated hitter.

"I don't even know yet", he said, wearing a Cincinnati cap and jersey. "I'm not saying I wouldn't let him play short". They would then have almost $2 million left over to maximize their remaining picks.

At No. 3, San Diego selected North Carolina high school left-hander MacKenzie Gore. Or maybe Brendan McKay, Louisville's two-way player? The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is batting.343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals. As a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 5 appearances, collecting 43 strikeouts with just 4 walks over 28.0 innings pitched. The MLB Draft's split between high school and college selections during the opening rounds generally fluctuates over the years, and the pendulum seems to be swinging toward the high schoolers again, at least with the draft's highest picks.

While it's a lot to expect that type of performance, it shows how the pick could come to define the Twins going forward. Additionally, 2017 marks the 34th time overall, and the sixth straight season, the Twins have selected in the top 15.

But the Twins classified him as a shortstop when Manfred made the announcement at MLB Network studios.

"Once I heard my name called, it was an awesome feeling", Lewis, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in this year's Draft, said. "It was an unbelievable feeling".

Falvey said Minnesota's choice came down to the waning minutes, and the decision to pass on Greene was "really tough".

"We used to call him Bambi", said Kay. "We definitely didn't make it easy on him".

Lewis, a UC Irvine commit advised by Scott Boras, believes his makeup, along with his physical tools, helped him stand out among other candidates for the No. 1 pick.

Schmidt underwent Tommy John surgery in early May.

High school stats courtesy of Gatorade.

Saugus High grad Roger Salkeld went No. 3 in 1989 to the Mariners; Hart grad and UCLA star Trevor Bauer went No. 3 to the Diamondbacks in 2011. He is the cousin of former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross.

The Blue Jays were one of only three teams picking twice in the first round Monday. The state of Florida produced the most first-round picks with six.

Fellow high school prospect Jordon Adell, whom the Los Angeles Angels took at No. 10 overall, also got a similar shoutout from the big club's closer Huston Street.