Weeks ago when I began my coverage of the 2017 MLB Draft I mentioned the possibility of the Twins cutting a deal with a player to save some money with the first overall pick. Later I talked about one player who the team could potentially make a deal with: Californian SS/OF Royce Lewis.
Here we are, five hours before the draft, and look what I find on my twitter feed:
There's a strong sense the Twins are down to two choices with the No. 1 pick tonight: Louisville LHP/1B Brendan McKay and HS SS Royce Lewis.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 12, 2017
Hearing Royce Lewis chatter at 1 as well. Twins official still says signability will be a significant consideration. But Lewis def. in play— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) June 12, 2017
Race for #1 pick is not over. #Twins giving serious late consideration to taking Royce Lewis. Down to the wire on him & McKay #MLBDraft— Frankie Piliere (@FPiliereD1) June 12, 2017
I know everyone reading this will be up in arms about these rumors. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Remember that Lewis is a freak athlete with 70 grade speed and a quick bat. He will get a chance to play SS, but may end up in CF or even 2B. Signing Lewis for a deal means we have a better chance of landing 1st round talent with the 35th and 37th picks.
Also worth keeping in mind is that this could be a bit of a smoke screen. The Twins will likely talk to Brendan McKay and his advisor about money today. Rumors like this may help to bring his price down since McKay could easily fall the fourth or fifth pick and lose out on some money.
It’s draft day people, hold on to your butts!