TWINS ON THE CLOCK
The Twins have the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft on June 12. Here are the consensus top prospects, according to Baseball America and mlb.com:
Hunter Greene: A righthanded pitcher and shortstop at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles. At 6-3 and 195 pounds, he is a five-tool player who is committed to UCLA. Throws in the high 90s, likely will be a pitcher in the pros. Would be first prep righthanded pitcher taken No. 1 overall. Turns 18 in August.
Brendan McKay: A 21-year-old lefthanded pitcher and first baseman for Louisville. MLB scouting says the 6-2, 210-pounder would be a top-10 pick as either a pitcher or hitter, but combination of both has him a potential No. 1. In 51 games this season, has 15 homers (including four in one game) and has struck out 110 in 80 innings.
Kyle Wright: The Vanderbilt righthanded pitcher is 6-4 and 220. Wright, 21, was undrafted three years ago out of high school in Alabama. Has 93 strikeouts in 82 innings.
Royce Lewis: Another California prep star, Lewis (6-1, 185) is a shortstop/outfielder at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. A developing player who has committed to UC Irvine, he turns 18 in June.
J.B. Bukauskas: A righthanded pitcher for North Carolina who was a standout for the U.S. college national team (along with McKay). At 6-0, 195 might project to a reliever; 20-year-old is 8-0 with 98 strikeouts in 75 innings this season.
MacKenzie Gore: An 18-year-old lefthanded pitcher for Whiteville (N.C.) who throws in the high 90s. The 6-2, 180-pounder is committed to East Carolina but is expected to sign a professional contract after the draft.