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Twins draft California prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1

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Clarence Duncan | 13 June, 2017, 07:16

Merry Christmas, prospect lovers!

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 4 p.m MT on Monday.

MLB Draft 2017: Final Composite Mock Draft - More on what the smart people are saying, but for more than just the Twins' first pick. If you're interested in watching the draft live, we have all the info about how you cna do that here. They also take a sandwich pick at No. 35 and have the first pick of the second round at No. 37. Michael Baumann of The Ringer is not a fan of this year's draft class, to say the least.

Todd wasn't on many draft radars despite starring at Birmingport's Oak Grove High and Marion Military Institute, but one great season at Auburn has his name shooting up the rankings.

Ashley: I'm pretty interested in Nick Pratto. I've done it multiple times in high school, but now to finally get to do it and get to go to Omaha, it's a different feeling. "I asked all the guys if they wanted to come and do another watch party like we did a year ago".

Up until the time of the selection, analysts had their guesses but there certainly was not a consensus. He is likely to be gone before the fourth overall pick. Terrific speed with powerful arm could make him ideal right fielder at pro level.

The question mark with Hiura has been his defensive home and his elbow injury keeping him from presently being able to throw. When he makes contact, it's loud, but the whiffs come easily and frequently.

These will be who Ben would select, not who he believes the team would select. Despite his poor defensive reputation, he's a very loose looking athlete in the batter's box, capable of making quick adjustments on the fly and barrel the ball in nearly any zone location.

"Cody would have taken him 1/1 I think", Marlins vice-president of scouting Stan Meek said. Maybe take a position player. Big West player of year led Division I hitters with.442 batting average and.567 on-base percentage. As a three season college standout, he should have a fairly quick path to the majors with some polishing. (North Carolina), 6-2, 180.

Here are other players with area ties that are expected to be drafted next week.

It is no secret the Major League Baseball draft is not as exciting as its NFL or National Basketball Association counterparts. Celebrate all you want, he was told, but don't you dare get involved in a dog-pile two days before the Major League Baseball Draft.

John: The Tigers have become synonymous with drafting power pitchers.

While the real Reds may choose McKay, I'm going to go for the guy who I can see with a more definite high-ceiling role.

Rob: I might give my left arm for the Tigers to end up with someone like Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall, who has been dropping on draft boards recently due to his high strikeout rate. After all, there are a mind-boggling 40 rounds, and teams will use many of those selections on guys you haven't heard of - and might not hear of ever again. Expect him to sign barring an unforeseen slip in the draft. Hall features a mid-90s fastball and a power curveball, along with a developing changeup. I'm hoping he falls all the way to No. 18.

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