With the No. 1 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected high school shortstop/outfielder Royce Lewis.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder out of JSerra Catholic nabbed bids to the Under Armour All-American Game and Perfect Game All-American Classic, and responded by taking home MVP in both showcases. He was the L.A. Times’ high school baseball player of the year after hitting .429 as a junior.
Manning the hot corner and outfield channels during the early stages of his JSerra tenure, Lewis switched to shortstop full time ahead of the 2017 season.
The fast-rising shortstop edged out Hunter Greene, Brendan McKay and Kyle Wright as the No. 1 overall pick.
“Lewis uses his plus athleticism well on both sides of the ball. While he doesn’t have the most traditional approach at the plate, he does barrel the ball up consistently. He’s hit over power now, but he should grow into more pop as he matures. Even if he never becomes a big home run guy, he should have plenty of extra-base ability, sending line drives into the gaps and then using his plus speed to take extra bags, as well as steal them.
That speed gives him good range in the field, both at shortstop and in center field. His arm might be a touch short for the infield position, but teams might be willing to send him out and let him play his way off the dirt.
“Mickey Moniak was the No. 1 player taken in last year’s Draft from the Southern California ranks. Lewis has a very good chance of following him as the top prep hitter taken from the region this June” – MLB.com.