Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

The player who was most frequently mentioned as being as fast riser on Monday night was Nationals first-rounder Seth Romero, a left-hander who was kicked out of the University of Houston after multiple off-the-field incidents. If he sticks as a pitcher, he'll be the first high school pitcher selected by the Reds in the first round since Nick Travieso went 14th overall in the 2012 Draft; if he sticks as a position player, he'll be the first since Cincinnati plucked Tyler Stephenson 10th overall in 2015.

Cincinnati used the second selection to take California high school right-hander Hunter Greene, one of the top two-way talents in a draft full of them.

After a five-year stretch where college players had a definite advantage, with 10 of the 15 top-three picks from 2011-15 being collegiate athletes, five of the last six top-three selections have now been high schoolers.

This spring, he edged out fellow first-round prospects Hunter Greene, Nick Pratto, Nick Allen, Matt Sauer, Hans Crouse and Hagen Danner, among others, to take home Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of California. Was a member of the Toronto Mets 16U rotation in 2016 as well as being invited to play on the Toronto Blue Jays scout team and Tournament team at the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in 2015. He tied for the league lead in hits with 96, tied for second in stolen bases with 18 and was third with 60 runs scored.

The Milwaukee Brewers made UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura the ninth overall pick. "He said, 'If we draft you, here's our offer".

"I think you use speed for everything: defensively, offensively, and it helps with range", Lewis said.

Arizona high school third baseman Jacob Gonzalez, the son of former Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez, went 58th overall to San Francisco.

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"There are going to be some kids who get drafted low that are going to finish high", Hurdle said. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was named a finalist for the Dick Hoswer Trophy as collegiate baseball player of the year after being named the SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC. It's a scenario similar to when they took Joe Mauer with the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 over Mark Prior, as that went down to the wire and money was a consideration.

Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school.

High school players are trendy.

"He played center field often on the summer showcase circuit preceding his senior year and showed plus range and flashes of advanced defensive instincts".

There's some really interesting high school arms that I'd love to see the Jays take, and which incidentally would give them one of each demographic with their first four picks.

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10.

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