Greene picked for arm, McKay for bat near top of MLB draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Hunter Greene was selected by Cincinnati as a pitcher, while Brendan McKay’s bat attracted Tampa Bay.

And in a Major League Baseball draft stocked with several two-way talents at the top, the first-place Minnesota Twins went another way Monday night.

Surprise leaders in the AL Central after finishing 59-103 last year, the Twins spent their No. 1 pick on speedy Royce Lewis, a slick-fielding shortstop out of JSerra Catholic High School in California.

“We know he’s going to be a leader the second he steps on the field,” Minnesota chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.

Greene was next to come off the board — and until he did, many wondered where he would fit as a pro.

The right-hander from California also played an impressive shortstop at Notre Dame High School, but a fastball that can reach 100 mph has the Reds projecting him as a future ace.

Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this season and labeled the big star baseball needs, Greene was the first of four prospects in attendance at the draft site to be selected.

“If there was ever a young man who could live up to a Sports Illustrated cover at age 17, I think Hunter’s that young man,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said.

Greene was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher.

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