Mitch Linsley, Dump & Change Sports | June 12th, 2017 | 8:05pm
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In the most unsurprising fashion imaginable, the Twins pass up on big money prospects pitcher Hunter Greene and dual threat pitcher Brendan McKay.
Instead, the organization opted to draft high school hybrid infielder and elite baserunner Royce Lewis, a UC-Irvine commit from a catholic high school in southern California.
I don’t know much about the guy other than that Lavelle E. Neal, Twins beat writer, was really high on the kid and expected him to be the pick. Based on the Twins’ track record as of recent, the fact that a source close to the team expected him to be the pick could be really good.. Or really bad.
Lewis is 18 years old, weighs 190 lbs. and stands at 6’1”. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, Lewis hit .429 and .388, stole 9 and 25 bases and added 4 HR each season. What really boosted is stock are the intangibles. Apparently this kid is an elite hybrid fielder. He Thrives at shortstop and third base but has also proven to be a serviceable center fielder so if this kid can really crack the bat, it shouldn’t be a problem getting him into the lineup because he definitely won’t be defensive liability.
You have to be little disappointed in this pick given the problems this organization has had with pitching. Other the Berrios and Santana, it’s been a dumpster fire if we’re being honest. If you draft a pitcher, at the very least you’d be getting a player that could improve a bullpen that’s been nothing short of a disaster this season.
It should be entertaining to watch Lewis develop through college, hopefully he’ll put himself in a position to make it to the majors sooner rather than later.