2017 Amateur Draft
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Royce Lewis, a high school shortstop from California, was selected first overall, by the Minnesota Twins; his selection was a bit of a surprise, as while he was considered a certain top-ten draftee, his name had not been mentioned much as a potential top selection. The most publicized player on the draft, P/SS Hunter Greene, went second overall, to the Cincinnati Reds; while they were looking at him as a pitcher, there was speculation that he would also be given a chance to be part-time DH, given the strength of his bat. The third pick was also a high school player, making it the first time since 1990 that the first three picks were high schoolers. Overall, however, college players still were more numerous among the top picks, representing 18 of first 30 selections.
The St. Louis Cardinals did not make a draft pick until #94 in the draft. This was the result of signing free agent Dexter Fowler, which forced them to surrender their first-round pick to the Chicago Cubs as compensation, and of being forced to give up their next two top picks (#46 and #75) to the Houston Astros as punishment for former scouting director Chris Correa's hacking of the Astros scouting database in 2013 and 2014.
Competitive Balance Round A
|31||Tampa Bay Rays||Drew Rasmussen||P||Oregon State University||Spokane, WA|
|32||Cincinnati Reds||Jeter Downs||SS||Monsignor Edward Pace High School (HS)|
|33||Oakland Athletics||Kevin Merrell||SS||University of South Florida||Odessa, FL|
|34||Milwaukee Brewers||Tristen Lutz||OF||James Martin High School|
|35||Minnesota Twins||Brent Rooker||OF||Mississippi State University||Germantown, TN|
|36||Miami Marlins||Brian Miller||OF||University of North Carolina||Raleigh, NC|
- Jim Callis: "Mock draft: Will Twins make Wright top pick?", mlb.com, May 26, 2017. 
- Jim Callis: "Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis", mlb.com, June 13, 2017. 
- Jonathan Mayo: "Candidates for first overall pick in 2017 Draft", mlb.com, April 30, 2017. 
- Jonathan Mayo: "Chosen ones: Lewis leads Day 1; Draft resumes today: Greene, Gore, McKay fill out top 4; plenty of top players available on Day 2", mlb.com, June 13, 2017.