Highlights of the 2017 MLB Draft

This year’s Major League Baseball drafts ended on Wednesday June 15, 2017. Now that the dust has settled, let’s see where the top prospects and notable players in this year’s draft ended up.

The Top Three Picks

First Overall Pick: The Minnesota Twins took Lewis Royce, shortstop, as their first-round draft pick and the first overall pick in the entire MLB Draft. Royce is known for his athleticism and ability to react on both sides of the ball. More than anything his ability as shortstop and center fielder makes him a dynamic player, worth a $7.7 million pick value from the Twins.

Second Overall Pick: According to the final rankings released by Scout.com, Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High School topped the draft list. He was drafted as the second pick of the MLB Draft with a pick value of $7.1 million. Not too bad for a kid that isn’t even 18 yet. Greene is joining the Cincinnati Reds as a right-handed pitcher.

Third Overall Pick: The San Diego Padres gave their $6.6 million pick and third overall pick to MacKenzie Gore. Another young man, just 18 years of age, he is a left-handed pitcher with some amazing numbers. Gore posted a 0.08 ERA in his junior year, with 174 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings. This highly competitive young man is set to be an asset to the Padres in this upcoming season.

Notable Events: Prior to the 2017 MLB Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals forfeited their picks to the Houston Astros. This meant the Cardinals didn’t participate in the draft until the third round, and their selection at the 94th pick overall. Hopefully, Fowler is the asset they want him to be (although judging by what he did for the Chicago Cubs, he just might be what the Cardinals need).

Notable Players

  • Kyle Wright: The fifth overall pick of the draft, this Vanderbilt player was drafted to the Atlanta Braves. He is a right-handed picture with fastball crossing the plate at 97. Just a few weeks before the draft, this player was at the top of the draft list so the Braves got a steal with Wright.
  • Alex Faedo: The Detroit Tigers had the 18th pick overall and used it on Alex Faedo from the University of Florida. He is a right-handed pitcher that should have been drafted as an earlier pick. The Tigers got lucky with this 2.60 ERA player.
  • Adam Haseley: The Philadelphia Phillies chose the perfect outfielder to fill out their roster. If he is given the chance to focus his hitting, his numbers can increase dramatically. In his season this year with Virginia, he hit .390/.491/.659 with 16 doubles, 14 home runs, and 56 RBI.
  • Kacy Clemens: One of the sons of Roger Clemens was selected by the Blue Jays in the Eighth Round. He is a first baseman that played at the University of Texas.

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