The 2017 MLB Draft is underway, and it began with a bit of a surprise. It was expected entering Monday that the Minnesota Twins would select two-way star Brendan McKay, but the Louisville product reportedly turned down Minnesota’s offer, and the Twins chose to go with high school shortstop Royce Lewis.

Lewis is ranked as Baseball America’s No. 5 overall prospect, and behind McKay, high school two-way phenom Hunter Greene, and Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright according to most draft-related publications.

Still, Lewis is a very exciting prospect as a well-rounded player at a premium position.

One general manager is apparently even dropping a Derek Jeter comp on Lewis:

The Cincinnati Reds then were able to get the guy they wanted all along with the No. 2 pick, in the incredibly talented Hunter Greene:

As for McKay, he went to the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 4 pick, and is expected to break Kris Bryant’s record bonus of $6.7 million. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan adds that McKay will play first base and pitch in the Rays’ system:

Click here to see every pick so far in the draft.

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