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Twins in first place as big draft night arrives

Weeks before Monday’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, in the middle of another interview, shortly after another question, Hunter Greene received a call.Since the 2001 Draft, 14 of the Twins first round selections have reached the major leagues and six are on the Twins roster, including Byron Buxton (2nd overall in 2012), José Berríos (32nd overall in 2012), Kyle Gibson (22nd overall in 2009), Alex Wimmers (21st overall in 2010), Glen Perkins (22nd overall in 2004) and Joe Mauer (1st overall in 2001).”Mickey Moniak was the No. 1 player taken in last year’s Draft from the Southern California ranks”.Were the Twins to offer 75 percent of this year’s top slot value, that would amount to $5.83 million. Greene has already been profiled by Sports Illustrated due to both his talent and ability to already throw 102 miles per hour fastballs.Falvey said the Twins’ choice came down to the waning minutes and the decision to pass on Greene was “really tough”. Would they go for one of the top two high school pitchers: right-hander Hunter Greene or lefty MacKenzie Gore? “I think he profiles in center field”. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is hitting.343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals.What a day it is for Southern California high school baseball. We’ll have a post for all of the top 30 draft picks as they’re announced, and we’ll post each to a live thread.”I don’t even know yet”, he said, wearing a Cincinnati cap and jersey. In 310 career innings he is 31-10 with a 2.15 earned run average. All picks will switch to MLB.com beginning with the second round. Clubs who like him see a tall, athletic shortstop or third baseman or outfielder with outstanding speed, a strong arm and easy, fluid fielding actions.