The first day of the three-day 2017 MLB amateur draft is in the books. A total of 75 picks were made Monday night.. Now here are six takeaways from Monday’s draft action.
Twins do not buck history
Thanks to California high schooler Hunter Greene, it looked very possible that we would see a prep right-hander selected with the No. 1 pick for the first time in draft history this season. Greene, who also plays shortstop, was the consensus top prospect in the draft class according to the various scouting publications.
The Twins, however, did not buck history. They passed on Green and instead selected California high school shortstop/center fielder Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick. Greene instead went to the Reds with the second overall pick. So still, no high school right-handed pitcher has ever been taken with the first overall pick in the MLB draft. We’ll try again next year.
L.A. was well represented
Both Lewis (JSerra Catholic HS) and Greene (Notre Dame HS) are from Los Angeles area high schools, which means the first two picks of the 2017 draft hailed from SoCal.
The draft, of course, was first implemented in 1965. So Lewis and Greene are the first L.A. area players to be selected with the
Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/2017-mlb-draft-six-things-you-should-know-from-the-first-round/
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