Reds select high school phenom Hunter Greene in Major League Baseball draft

Rooker's draft slot carries a $1,935,300 value and was the second player picked by the Twins, who drafted high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick.

For the first time in the 52-year history of the Major League Baseball Draft, two players from Los Angeles area Catholic high schools were chosen one-two, though the order proved a mild surprise. A versatile position player, Lewis played third base and center field at the start of his high school career before playing exclusively shortstop as a senior.

The San Diego Padres took left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore of Whiteville (N.C.) High School with the third pick.

The first college player selected was Louisville first baseman/left-hander Brendan McKay, who went fourth overall to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rounds 3-10 were held via conference calls with teams, with University of Minnesota righty Brian Glowicki wrapping up the day as pick No. 315 by the Cubs. On the morning of the draft, our own Jeff Passan said McKay and Lewis were the two names in play.

If the Twins offer a smaller signing bonus to Lewis, however, they could in theory move some of that money to help convince another player to sign at pick No. 35 or 37, for example. The first was another shortstop, Tim Foli from Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, taken first by the New York Mets in 1968, whose 16-year career with six teams included hitting for the cycle (in 1976) and earning a World Series ring with the Pittsburgh Pirates (in 1979). It was the third time the Twins were up first - the last time was 2001, when they grabbed hometown high school catcher Joe Mauer with the top choice.

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"We know he's going to be a leader the second he steps on the field", Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.

Rooker wasn't the only player with MSU ties taken on Monday.

"I don't even know yet", he said, wearing a Cincinnati cap and jersey. Lewis is a pure hitter, playing both shortstop and outfield in high school. As a fielder, his athleticism makes him a worthy shortstop prospect, though he claims that he would like to play as a center fielder to make the most of his arm strength and accuracy.

"We felt Royce separated himself from those other guys just a bit, and we feel like he's somebody that we'll build around for the future", Falvey said.

Greene, who was at the draft in Secaucus, N.J., went second overall to the Cincinnati Reds. Greene throws four pitches for strikes, including a fastball that touches triple digits and a plus slider. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, Gore led his high school team to three North Carolina state championships in four seasons.

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