Hunter Greene: Getting to know No. 2 overall baseball draft pick

Hunter Greene: Getting to know No. 2 overall baseball draft pick

Greene was a two-way stud in high school, as he had enough power to win home run derbies and was dominant as a pitcher, throwing as hard as 102 miles per hour.

High school pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene received recognition from current big leaguers, as well as TV and radio host Larry King, after the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the No. 2 overall pick.

The San Diego Padres took left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore of Whiteville (N.C.) High School with the third pick. Instead, he ended up going No. 2 to Cincinnati, which will exercise precautions with him.

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. Already, there is talk he could be a designated hitter in the low minors when he's not pitching.

He hit.324 with six home runs and 28 RBIs while playing a slick shortstop.

"My body just went numb", Lewis said during an interview with MLB Network.

"I think I have more heart than numerous players out there", Lewis said.

Lewis, who had committed to attend UC Irvine, was named Gatorade's California HIgh School Player of the Year, batting.377 with 25 stolen bases as a senior. It's worth noting however that past year they didn't take any high school pitchers until the 11th round leading off Day 3.

Bearing a confident smile as he met with the media on Monday night soon after the Twins defied analyst predictions and took Lewis instead of Hunter Greene, Brendan McKay or Kyle Wright, Falvey touted his strategy of maximizing a draft class over selling out for the top pick under the relatively new signing bonus rules. "We see him as an impact player on both sides of the ball". "I can't imagine what's going through an 18-year-old's brain right now, but he just wants to go out and have fun, and he makes this baseball field his playground".

"I just treat everyone equally", Lewis said.

--Cory Abbott, a right-handed pitcher who tossed the first ideal game in the history of Loyola Marymount University baseball on March 25, was taken in the second round (67th overall) by the Chicago Cubs. Toronto also picked high school catcher Hagen Danner with their second-round selection (61st overall). "It was an unbelievable feeling". But the Twins, who lead the AL Central after going 59-103 a year ago, classified him as a shortstop when Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement at MLB Network studios.

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

During his senior season at Notre Dame, Greene was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in five games, recording 43 strikeouts and four walks over 28 innings.

"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.

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