Royce Lewis, A Future Lookout & MLB's No. 1 Draft Selection, Signs Contract With Minnesota Twins

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Minnesota Twins announced today the signing of their first overall selection, shortstop Royce Lewis from JSerra Catholic High School, whom they selected with the first overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

 

Lewis said he didn't know he would be selected by the Twins with the top overall pick until the moment his name was announced.

The 18-year-old high school senior was rated as a top prospect in the draft by MLB.com. A versatile position player, Lewis played third base and center field at the start of his high school career before playing solely shortstop as a senior.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Lewis was named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in California and Trinity League Player of the Year for the third consecutive season.

 

The right-handed hitting Lewis was also named the Los Angeles Times High School Player of the Year as a junior in 2016, after hitting .429 with nine doubles and four home runs. He was named MVP of the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field and the Perfect Game All-American Classic MVP at Petco Park.

 

The Aliso Viejo, CA native was a member of the gold medal-winning USA Baseball 18U National Team in the fall of 2016 that defeated Cuba in October for the 2016 COPABE Pan American AAA Championship.The high school shortstop's dream was made a reality Saturday. Lewis, a native of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., officially signed a contract with the Twins between Games 1 and 2 of the team's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

A source told MLB.com that Lewis signed a deal of $6.725 million, a record for a high school player. The club has not confirmed the details of the deal. 

Reports are that the selection of Lewis had as much to do with his attitude and makeup as his ability to play baseball.

It is likely that Lewis will begin play in the Rookie League.



Heights Hawks Fall to Southwest Christian 73-70 In Memphis

Southwest Christian, the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked team in Arkansas by MaxPreps, defeated Hamilton Heights’ boys, 73-70, Saturday in the Bartlett High School Invitational in Memphis. Southwest had a nine-point lead with 1:02 left in the game, but drew a foul, plus a technical and the Hawks’ Sam Ruzhentsev and Wheza Panzo each made two free throws to cut lead Lions’ lead to ... (click for more)

Hamilton Heights Girls Turn Lights Out On Carolina Day

Kamilla Cardosa’s double-double – 17 points and 11 rebounds – sparked No. 1-ranked Hamilton Heights to a one-side 68-25 victory over Carolina Day, the No. 12 team in North Carolina, on Saturday. The Lady Hawks (10-1) also got 16 points from Elizabeth Balogun, 12 by Treasure Hunt and 11 each by Jazmine Massengill and Esmery Martinez – she also had 10 rebounds – in another strong, ... (click for more)

Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting On Ridgestone Drive At Ooltewah

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the  7200 block of Ridgestone Drive in Ooltewah early Saturday on a call  of a person who had been shot.   The incident happened around 3 a.m.   T he injured person was transported to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  The facts surrounding the shooting ... (click for more)

Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news.  Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like ... (click for more)

The Growing Monopoly

Over the last decade, five tech giants have risen to the top, and created, discovered and invented services and products that have made these companies worth billions today. Those five, of course, are Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Each of these companies are responsible for several products and services that we use in our everyday lives. They have devoured the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

This week, as two men greeted one another at the steps leading to a holiday party, one said, “My wife is angel,” this in keeping with the season. The other replied, “You’re lucky … mine is still alive.” Once inside, the two walked into this conversation – “We had a power outage at our house this morning. So, my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and new surround sound music system were ... (click for more)