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Twins pass on two-way phenoms, take shortstop Royce Lewis with first pick of ...

Despite the availability of two of the best two-way prospects in the history of the Major League Baseball amateur draft, the Minnesota Twins used the first overall pick Monday night on the specimen of ballplayer that has captivated talent evaluators forever: the big, rangy, toolsy high school Shortstop.

Lewis also plays outfield, and scouts are divided as to whether his future would be at shortstop — which is how Commissioner Rob Manfred described Lewis’s position when he announced the pick — or whether, like Jones, Upton and (eventually) Rodriguez, he would ultimately be moved elsewhere on the field.

Greene, a right-handed pitcher and shortstop from Notre Dame High in Los Angeles, is considered good enough to do either as a professional — with a fastball that has reached 102 mph and a bat that is equally potent — and has expressed interest in trying to pursue both disciplines.

The San Diego Padres made it three straight prep stars — the first time that had happened in the draft since 1990 — taking left-hander MacKenzie Gore of Whitesville (N.C.) High with the third overall pick, which left University of Louisville left-hander/first baseman Brendan McKay to fall to the Tampa Bay Rays at fourth overall.

McKay is arguably the best collegiate player in history, going 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA this season with 140 strikeouts in 104 innings as a pitcher and batting .343/.464/.657 with 17 homers in 210 at-bats as a hitter, helping Louisville advance to the College World Series this weekend.

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