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“It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even explain it,” that was the reaction of the young man who was selected 1st overall in this years MLB draft. That pick made by the Minnesota Twins, who finished with the worst record in Major League Baseball last year.
The Twins chose Royce Lewis, the high school shortstop, over Louisville’s Brendan McKay, who had a .343 batting average with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs as a first baseman and also struck out 140 batters over 104 innings as a pitcher with a 2.34 ERA. McKay, announced as a first baseman, went fourth overall to the Rays.
Also an option at No. 1, and perhaps a favorite among Twins fans, was California high schooler Hunter Greene, who boasts a 102-mph fastball and played shortstop for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. The 6-3, 195-pound Greene, went second overall to the Reds. Greene, who is still just 17 years old, was announced as a pitcher.