MLB Draft: Reds take super prospect Hunter Greene with second overall pick

Minnesota Twins on the Clock for the Major League Baseball Draft

MLB Draft: Reds take super prospect Hunter Greene with second overall pick

"I might go bowling, eat some cake with the fam and I'm definitely going to jump in the pool right now", the high school shortstop from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said early Monday evening.

With the pick, Greene, a Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks graduate, became the highest drafted player in the Santa Clarita Valley's history.

The Reds announced Greene as a pitcher.

Youth and potential took precedence over experienced products with three consecutive high school players selected to open the draft and four coming off the board within the first six picks The unexpected trends at the top of draft resulted in a bevy of college talent available later in the first round. "It was an unbelievable feeling". Greene won't turn 18 years of age until August. No matter how his professional career turns out, he at least sounded like a player who won't wilt in the spotlight.

Meanwhile, the Yankees grabbed pitching in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, taking Clarke Schmidt, a 21-year-old righty out of the University of SC, with the No. 16 overall selection.

I'll continue to write-up individual profiles of draftees for at least the first couple draftees today, but for the later picks on whom there's less information at some point it'll be a summary page depending on exactly how things develop.

Falvey said the Twins' choice came down to the waning minutes and the decision to pass on Greene was "really tough".

"This guy gets it", said Mike Radcliff, the Twins" vice president for player personnel. They also take a sandwich pick at No. 35 and have the first pick of the second round at No. 37.

In Rogers senior year of high school alone, the big young man threw three no-hitters, one of them being a flawless game.

Hunter, 17, of California, has thrown pitches as fast as 102 miles per hour. North Carolina high school left-hander MacKenzie Gore (San Diego Padres) went third, ahead of Louisville first baseman Brendan McKay (Tampa Bay Rays) and Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright (Atlanta Braves). The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior from Mississippi State is 22 years old.

The Milwaukee Brewers made UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura the ninth overall pick. They also didn't decide to pick Lewis until right before the Draft. "They're getting the full package, I believe".

In a touching moment that drew a standing ovation from the former major leaguers serving as team representatives, 11-year-old Yankees fan Landis Sims - born without hands or feet - announced his favorite team's first-round selection: SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16 overall. In a draft class with little separation between top prospects, the Twins found reasons to put Lewis No. 1. His mid-90s fastball, biting slider and easy delivery still kept many teams interested.

The Chicago Cubs capped the first round by selecting right-hander Alex Lange, who has helped pitched LSU to the College World Series. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.

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