- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 188 lb.
- High School Junipero Serra High School (San Juan Capistrano)
Royce Lewis was the first overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, selected by the Minnesota Twins out of Junipero Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. His selection was a bit of a surprise, because while he as considered to be a top-ten talent, other names had been mentioned more often as the most likely first selection. While he played shortstop as a senior, he had played third base and outfield in previous years and was considered to have the tools to play centerfield as well. He was described as a very athletic player with excellent batting and fielding skills who was expected to develop power in future years. It was rumored that the Twins had struck a pre-draft deal to sign Lewis to a contract somewhat below slot value, after having backed off from another potential top choice, University of Louisville P/1B Brendan McKay, because of what were characterized as excessive financial demands. On June 17th, the Twins signed Lewis to a contract including a signing bonus of $6,275 million.
- Rhett Bollinger: "Twins pick 'elite athlete' Lewis No. 1 overall", mlb.com, June 12, 2017.