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The elite prospects in high school and college baseball came off the board Monday on Day 1 of the 2017 MLB draft, and most teams involved managed to brighten their future by landing a potential stud.
The teams selecting near the top of the draft are more excited than most, as the depth of talent among the top-10 picks was immense, and nearly all of them have the tools needed to be faces of their respective franchises down the road.
Ahead of Rounds 3 through 10 taking place Tuesday, here is a look at every pick thus far, along with grades for every MLB team.
2017 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
1. Minnesota Twins: Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra HS
2. Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS
3. San Diego Padres: MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS
4. Tampa Bay Rays: Brendan McKay, LHP, Louisville
5. Atlanta Braves: Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
6. Oakland Athletics: Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS
7. Arizona Diamondbacks: Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
8. Philadelphia Phillies: Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
9. Milwaukee Brewers: Keston Hiura, 2B, California
10. Los Angeles Angels: Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS
11. Chicago White Sox: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
12. Pittsburgh Pirates: Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS
13. Miami Marlins: Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS
14. Kansas City Royals: Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS
15. Houston Astros: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
16. New York Yankees: Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
17. Seattle Mariners: Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
18. Detroit Tigers: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
19. San Francisco Giants: Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy
20. New York Mets: David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
21. Baltimore Orioles: D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS
22. Toronto Blue Jays: Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
23. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
24. Boston Red Sox: Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
25. Washington Nationals: Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
26. Texas Rangers: Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen HS
27. Chicago Cubs: Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida Manatee – Sarasota
28. Toronto Blue Jays: Nate Pearson, RHP, Central Florida
29. Texas Rangers: Christopher Seise, SS, West Orange HS
30. Chicago Cubs: Alex Lange, RHP, LSU
Competitive Balance A
31. Tampa Bay Rays: Drew Rasmussen, RHP, Oregon State
32. Cincinnati Reds: Jeter Downs, SS, Monsignor Edward Pace HS
33. Oakland Athletics: Kevin Merrell, SS, South Florida
34. Milwaukee Brewers: Tristen Lutz, OF, James Martin Senior HS
35. Minnesota Twins: Brent Rooker, OF, Mississippi State
36. Miami Marlins: Brian Miller, OF, North Carolina
37. Minnesota Twins: Landon Leach, RHP, Pickering HS
38. Cincinnati Reds: Stuart Fairchild, OF, Wake Forest
39. San Diego Padres: Luis Campusano-Bracero, C, Cross Creek HS
40. Tampa Bay Rays: Michael Mercado, RHP, Westview HS
41. Atlanta Braves: Drew Waters, OF, Etowah HS
42. Pittsburgh Pirates: Steve Jennings, RHP, DeKalb County HS
43. Oakland Athletics: Greg Deichmann, OF, LSU
44. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drew Ellis, 3B, Louisville
45. Philadelphia Phillies: Spencer Howard, RHP, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
46. Milwaukee Brewers: Caden Lemons, RHP, Vestavia Hills HS
47. Los Angeles Angels: Griffin Canning, RHP, UCLA
48. Colorado Rockies: Ryan Vilade, 3B, Stillwater HS
49. Chicago White Sox: Gavin Sheets, 1B, Wake Forest
50. Pittsburgh Pirates: Cal Mitchell, OF, Rancho Bernardo HS
51. Miami Marlins: Joseph Dunand, 3B, North Carolina State
52. Kansas City Royals: MJ Melendez, C, Westminster Christian School
53. Houston Astros: Joe Perez, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS
54. New York Yankees: Matt Sauer, RHP, Ernest Righetti HS
55. Seattle Mariners: Sam Carlson, RHP, Burnsville HS
56. Houston Astros: Corbin Martin, RHP, Texas A&M
57. Detroit Tigers: Reynaldo Rivera, OF, Chipola College
58. San Francisco Giants: Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, Chaparral HS
59. New York Mets: Mark Vientos, 3B, American Heritage School
60. Baltimore Orioles: Adam Hall, SS, A.B. Lucas SS
61. Toronto Blue Jays: Hagen Danner, C, Huntington Beach HS
62. Los Angeles Dodgers: Morgan Cooper, RHP, Texas
63. Boston Red Sox: Coleman Brannen, OF, Westfield School
64. Cleveland Indians: Quentin Holmes, OF, Monsignor McClancy Memorial HS
65. Washington Nationals: Wil Crowe, RHP, South Carolina
66. Texas Rangers: Hams Crouse, RHP, Dana Hills HS
67. Chicago Cubs: Cory Abbott, RHP, Loyola Marymount University
Competitive Balance Round B
68. Arizona Diamondbacks: Daulton Varsho, C, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
69. San Diego Padres: Blake Hunt, C, Mater Dei HS
70. Colorado Rockies: Tommy Doyle, RHP, Virginia
71. Cleveland Indians: Tyler Freeman, SS, Etiwanda HS
72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Conner Uselton, OF, Southmoore HS
73. Kansas City Royals: Evan Steele, LHP, Chipola College
74. Baltimore Orioles: Zac Lowther, LHP, Xavier
75. Houston Astros: J.J. Matijevic, 2B, Arizona
2017 MLB Draft Team Grades
Minnesota Twins: A-
Cincinnati Reds: A
San Diego Padres: B+
Tampa Bay Rays: A
Atlanta Braves: A-
Oakland Athletics: A-
Arizona Diamondbacks: B+
Philadelphia Phillies: B+
Milwaukee Brewers: B
Los Angeles Angels: B
Chicago White Sox: B
Pittsburgh Pirates: B+
Miami Marlins: A-
Kansas City Royals: B-
Houston Astros: A-
New York Yankees: C+
Seattle Mariners: B-
Detroit Tigers: B
San Francisco Giants: C+
New York Mets: B+
Baltimore Orioles: B
Toronto Blue Jays: B+
Los Angeles Dodgers: A-
Boston Red Sox: B-
Washington Nationals: B
Texas Rangers: C+
Chicago Cubs: C
Colorado Rockies: C
Cleveland Indians: C-
St. Louis Cardinals: INC
Top Graded Teams
The Cincinnati Reds had a great haul Monday, but no pick was better than that of two-way high school star Hunter Greene.
While Greene has played shortstop and pitched, current indications are that the Reds will opt to use him on the mound due largely to a fastball that top 100 mph.
After the Minnesota Twins went with high school shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1 overall, the Reds landed perhaps the best all-around prospect available in Greene.
Following his selection, Greene expressed a great deal of excitement to be part of the Reds organization, as seen in this video courtesy of MLB Network:
MLB Network @MLBNetwork
“It has been my dream since I was seven.” @HunterGreene17 talks with @KellyNash about being selected 2nd overall. @Reds #MLBDraft https://t.co/Iuz2myf383
The Reds have the best kind of dilemma on their hands in terms of picking a single position for Greene and sticking with it.
One major upside is the fact that Cincinnati is a National League team, which means it will be able to have Greene’s bat in the lineup every fifth day if and when he makes the show.
As evidenced by the following video from Perfect Game, Greene would provide the type of hitting threat few other pitchers do in Major League Baseball:
Perfect Game @PGAllAmerican
We already know @HunterGreene17 has Major League power. Check this out… 💪🔥 #PGAAC #MLBDraft https://t.co/LRplCsKA6s
Cincinnati’s pitching has been its greatest downfall in recent years, but there is little doubt that Greene has the potential to be a true ace and Cy Young Award contender.
He still has plenty of developing left to do with no collegiate experience to his credit, but when it comes to raw talent, Greene is the class of the 2017 draft.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Twins’ loss at No. 1 was the Tampa Bay Rays’ gain at No. 4, as they landed Louisville left-handed pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay in what was perhaps the draft’s biggest steal.
According to Jody Demling of Scout.com, McKay said the Twins offered him a contract, which indicated they were prepared to pick him first. Instead, the Twins went with Lewis, as McKay had a better offer.
Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the expectation is that McKay’s deal will break the bonus record of $6.7 million previously set by Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.
McKay dominated both on the mound and at the plate for the Cardinals this season en route to being named National Player of the Year.
He went 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA in addition to hitting .343 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI.
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays general manager Erik Neander indicated he will continue to let McKay both pitch and hit.
McKay believes taking his two-way game to the professional ranks could prove to be a game-changer:
“If a guy can figure out how to handle his arm and his body and not get worn down and stay healthy and whatnot, I think it can add a whole new level to baseball. Having two guys in one who can do both adds a lot of potential to your team in many ways.”
The Rays are one of the small-market teams that need to maximize value as much as possible, and McKay could do precisely that.
If he manages to be an ace starting pitcher every fifth day and a middle-of-the-lineup hitter at other points throughout the week, McKay will one day provide more bang for the buck than perhaps any player in baseball.
The Twins passed up some incredible prospects with the No. 1 overall pick, but in selecting Lewis, they may have found a cornerstone up the middle for many years to come.
Lewis is already receiving rave reviews, as an anonymous general manager told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the young shortstop could develop into a player reminiscent of New York Yankees legend and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
His production at the high school level was eye-popping, but it is Lewis’ intangibles that could set him apart from the rest of the class.
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times has covered Lewis extensively and paid him a huge compliment Monday:
eric sondheimer @latsondheimer
Royce Lewis of JSerra is one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever met. And full of talent, poise and skills.
The Twins are ahead of schedule in their rebuild, as they are first in the American League Central by virtue of a bevy of young, talented hitters.
From a skill set perspective, Lewis may have a higher ceiling than any player on Minnesota’s roster.
He is likely years away from reaching the majors, and while McKay could have helped much sooner, there are no question marks about where Lewis projects.
Lewis is unquestionably a shortstop and can focus solely on that, which could conceivably give him a leg up when it comes to his development.