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
Despite the fact that California high-schooler Hunter Greene is the consensus top prospect in this year’s MLB Draft class, the Twins apparently aren’t interested in making him the first high-school right-handed pitcher ever to be selected first overall. That’s been publicly known for a while now. It was more widely thought, however, that Minnesota might be interested in Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright, who is unanimously ranked as the top collegiate righty in this draft class.
While McKay is an extremely intriguing left-handed arm, he’s also greatly skilled as a hitter and may end up going that route as a pro. Considering the fact that McKay and Lewis—who has experience both at shortstop and in center field—seem to be the Twins’ only options, it’s certainly possible that Minnesota has decided to select a position player. That decision would be entirely understandable since the Twins’ minor-league system is much heavier on pitching prospects than position players at the moment.