Royce Lewis, 18, was drafted first overall this week by the Minnesota Twins. He is a 6'2" SS from California who is committed to UC Irvine. He has been a standout player at showcase events around the country the past few years, receiving a perfect 10 'PG Grade' by a Perfect Game scout. Known for his athleticism, speed, and power potential, he played 3B and OF before moving to SS during his senior year of high school. Last summer he played in both the Under Armour All-American Game and the Perfect Game All-American Classic, and was named MVP of both games. As a junior at JSerra Catholic High School, he was the Los Angeles Times high school baseball player of the year after hitting over .400. He also played on USA Baseball's 18U national team and hit .500.
The question of who would be the #1 pick did not have a clear answer until Rob Manfred was at the podium. Many predicted another high school SS, Hunter Greene, to go first, as he was the top-ranked player by Baseball America. Royce was ranked 5th by Baseball America, but took the 1st spot, which Greene then followed, selected by the Cincinnati Reds. The 3rd pick of the draft was also out of high school, being lefty MacKenzie Gore from North Carolina to the Tampa Bay Rays.