With the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB amateur draft, the Minnesota Twins selected California high-schooler Royce Lewis, a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award and the consensus top prep position player in his draft class.
“Royce is one of those players who comes around once in every blue moon,” JSerra coach Brett Kay told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times last year. “He’s a special talent. By the time he graduates, he’s going to be the best player who’s ever played in our program and will go down as one of the best players in Southern California.”
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
School: JSerra Catholic HS (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
NCAA commit: UC Irvine
Pick value (#1): $7,770,700
MLB.com money quote: “The highest Draft pick to ever come out of JSerra Catholic High School is Padres catcher Austin Hedges, who was a second-round pick. Lewis, who has been at or near the top of most Draft lists since the summer, should beat Hedges easily as one of the toolsiest members of the Class of 2017.”