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#1 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:12 PM

It's been a pretty shielded mystery since the moment draft talk started, but the answer to the question, 'Who goes 1-1?' has finally been answered.

Over the course of the last few months the focus has been primarily on four names: Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright, Brendan McKay and, most recently, Royce Lewis.

The Twins finally settled on their choice...California prep SS Royce Lewis.

Bet you didn't see that one coming a few days ago.

Represented by Scott Boras, Royce Lewis is a high-upside, middle-of-the-diamond player. He'll start his career at shortstop, but has the athleticism to play center field as well.

There are some questions about his hit tool and if power will develop. There are also some doubts that his arm can hold up on the left side of the infield. Those questions are pretty typical of prep position players. He'll have a few years to develop and answer those questions.

But there are no questions about his speed, his approach and how he's an elite athlete. The ceiling is amazingly high.

The big question is how taking Lewis will shape how the organization uses the rest of their draft pool. It was suggested to me that if Lewis didn't go first, he could tumble to seven... that might give the Twins an extra $1.75 million to play around with.

Get your popcorn. The rest of your night is going to be fun!

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#2 Vagnavs


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:14 PM


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:14 PM

I hope he ends up being a good player. They must have wanted someone that would play everyday versus a pitcher. They must have thought Lewis was the best athlete in the draft.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:20 PM

With Boras as his agent how does any team pull off getting a discount? Kind of disappointed that they didn't choose Brendan McKay and make him into 1st basemen of the future.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:20 PM

Shoot. Hoping for Greene. Hope he pans outby

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:20 PM

This makes the rest of the night much more exciting. Can´t wait for the supp pick. Wow! A real roll of the dice here.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:22 PM

See you in 5 years, Royce. We hope.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

Greene went 2nd to the Reds. What a surprise
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#9 MangLitch


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:28 PM

Ugh.. Greene will haunt us.
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#10 Shane Wahl

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:28 PM

Rather taken aback.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:30 PM

I need to see what they do with that extra $$$ before passing too much judgement on the pick....relieved it wasn't McKay though

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#12 T_J


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:30 PM

HS players go 1-3. Maybe other teams saw the same flaws in the NCAA players. 

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:31 PM

Sure would make up for the letdown if Burnsvilles Carlson would fall to us at supplemental pick at 35. That would make for a good night.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:32 PM

Boras has already compared him to Kris Bryant and said he won't sign cheap.

Booooooooooo. Other than Castro, I can't think of one thing these guys have done I like.
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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:33 PM

Toolsy High School Shortstop or Outfielder.Very different for the Twins to do something like this ;)


I really hope that he can bring in a top pitcher in a trade as soon as he is tradeable.  


Still long ways, but I don't think that he will be the No 1 prospect in my Twins' prospect list.This speaks tons about how I feel about this 1-1 pick.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

WTF, we need pitching........

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:35 PM

I'm stunned. Shades of ignoring an immediate need for a long term project. Al la Vikings? Treadwell instead of an O-lineman?


Is there something in the Minnesota water?

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:36 PM

Wow. Falvey and Levine - soooo disappointed. Give them a team and the number one pick, and they take a # 7 or lower. No guts no glory. Who needs pitching anyway. Better to get a HIGH SCHOOL SHORTSTOP THAT HAS A NOODLE ARM and give him millions to play in the minors. I hate this.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:37 PM

I was hoping for Gore myself.
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#20 gman


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:39 PM

Good pick. Scouting report shows him as the best position prospect in this years draft.Twins obviously need pitching, but I would rather have the every day player.

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