Pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene, regarded as one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft, will be in the Twin Cities on June 9 to work out for the team.
Greene, who most likely will sign as a pitcher, has a fastball that has reached 101 miles per hour on the radar gun. He would be the first high school righthander ever taken with the first overall pick.
The Twins, who hold that pick, normally hold a pre-draft workout for players from the Upper Midwest. Indications are that Greene will be the one, and perhaps the only, player from outside the region at the workout.
The first round of the draft is June 12.
Just because the Twins will bring Greene in is not an indicator that they are leaning toward drafting the Sherman Oaks, Calif., standout. Louisville lefthander/first baseman Brendan McKay, Vanderbilt righthander Kyle Wright and California prep shortstop Royce Lewis also remain high on the Twins’ list. The Twins could select one of those players, especially if they can save bonus money to allocate toward the following rounds.
“We’re scouting a number of players for that first pick, as well as the number of picks that come after that,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said recently. “I realize there’s attention paid to No. 1, but Sean (Johnson, the team's minor-league director) and his staff are working across the country every day, all the way up until draft day, to find players for us that will fit in this organization long-term.
"Hunter is someone we have seen, and we’ve seen a number of others, and we’ll continue to scout them and make our decision as we come close to draft day. We want to make sure we have as many options as possible when it comes to that No. 1 pick.”
Their final draft meetings don’t take place for another week.