Since the 2001 Draft, 14 of the Twins first round selections have reached the major leagues and six are on the Twins roster, including Byron Buxton (2nd overall in 2012), José Berríos (32nd overall in 2012), Kyle Gibson (22nd overall in 2009), Alex Wimmers (21st overall in 2010), Glen Perkins (22nd overall in 2004) and Joe Mauer (1st overall in 2001).
The 6-foot-4, 220- pound first baseman leads the conference in batting average (.387), slugging (.810), on-base percentage (.495), hits (96), RBIs (82), doubles (30), home runs (23) and total bases (201). Named national player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association, he impressed scouts with his all-around tools and teammates with his selfless attitude.
For the second consecutive year, the Cincinnati Reds owned the 2nd overall pick in the MLB Draft. "I can't imagine what's going through an 18-year-old's brain right now, but he just wants to go out and have fun, and he makes this baseball field his playground". Lewis is a pure hitter, playing both shortstop and outfield in high school. If D.J. Peterson makes his Major League Baseball debut this year he will do it almost two years after the firing of the man who led the organization when he was drafted.
What a day it is for Southern California high school baseball.
"I would take him off shortstop", O'Dowd said.
"I just treat everyone equally", Lewis said.
"The reports I read are like no other reports I've seen in my limited time in baseball", Williams said, "(They were) making some historic comparisons".
The San Diego Padres took left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore of Whiteville (N.C.) High School with the third pick.
Falvey also said he believed that Lewis "separated himself from those other guys just a bit", although the decision to pass on two-way phenom Hunter Greene was "really tough".
McKay told the Tampa Bay Times that Minnesota made him an offer to be the first overall pick, but he thought he "could get a better offer from another team". Wisconsin-Milwaukee catcher Daulton Varsho, son of ex-big league outfielder Gary Varsho, went No. 68 to Arizona.
The Oakland A's used the sixth overall pick on outfielder Austin Beck of North Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C. In 28 games as a senior, Beck batted.590 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.