2017 Amateur Draft

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The 2017 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-third Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It began on June 12, 2017.

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.

Draft Order[edit]

First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis SS Junipero Serra High School (HS) Aliso Viejo, CA
2 Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene P Notre Dame High School (HS) Stevenson Ranch, CA
3 San Diego Padres MacKenzie Gore P Whiteville High School (HS) Whiteville, NC
4 Tampa Bay Rays Brendan McKay P/1B University of Louisville (Col.) Darlington, PA
5 Atlanta Braves Kyle Wright P Vanderbilt University (Col.) Huntsville, AL
6 Oakland Athletics Austin Beck OF North Davidson High School (HS) Arcadia, NC
7 Arizona Diamondbacks Pavin Smith 1B University of Virginia (Col.) Jupiter, FL
8 Philadelphia Phillies Adam Haseley OF University of Virginia (Col.) Windermere, FL
9 Milwaukee Brewers Keston Hiura 2B/OF University of California, Irvine (Col.) Valencia, CA
10 Los Angeles Angels Jordon Adell OF Ballard High School (HS) Louisville, KY
11 Chicago White Sox Jake Burger 3B Missouri State University (Col.) Chesterfield, MO
12 Pittsburgh Pirates Shane Baz P Concordia Lutheran High School (HS) Cypress, TX
13 Miami Marlins Trevor Rogers P Carlsbad High School (HS) Carlsbad, NM
14 Kansas City Royals Nick Pratto 1B Huntington Beach High School (HS) Huntington Beach, CA
15 Houston Astros J.B. Bukauskas P University of North Carolina (Col.) Ashburn, VA
16 New York Yankees Clarke Schmidt P University of South Carolina (Col.) Acworth, GA
17 Seattle Mariners Evan White 1B University of Kentucky (Col.) Gahanna, OH
18 Detroit Tigers Alex Faedo P University of Florida (Col.) Tampa, FL
19 San Francisco Giants Heliot Ramos OF Leadership Christian Academy (HS) Guaynabo, PR
20 New York Mets David Peterson P University of Oregon (Col.) Denver, CO
21 Baltimore Orioles D.L. Hall P Valdosta High School (HS) Valdosta, GA
22 Toronto Blue Jays Logan Warmoth SS University of North Carolina (Col.) Orlando, FL
23 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeren Kendall OF Vanderbilt University (Col.) Holmen, WI
24 Boston Red Sox Tanner Houck P University of Missouri (Col.) Collinsville, IL
25 Washington Nationals Seth Romero P University of Houston (Col.) West Columbia, TX
26 Texas Rangers Bubba Thompson OF McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (HS)
27 Chicago Cubs Brendon Little P State College of Florida (Col.) Malvern, PA
28 Toronto Blue Jays Nate Pearson P College of Central Florida (Col.) Tampa, FL Compensation pick for the Cleveland Indians signing Edwin Encarnacion
29 Texas Rangers Chris Seise SS West Orange High School (HS) Compensation pick for the Colorado Rockies signing Ian Desmond
30 Chicago Cubs Alex Lange P Louisiana State University (Col.) Lee's Summit, MO Compensation pick for the St. Louis Cardinals signing Dexter Fowler

Competitive Balance Round A[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
31 Tampa Bay Rays Drew Rasmussen P Oregon State University (Col.) Spokane, WA Did not sign
32 Cincinnati Reds Jeter Downs SS Monsignor Edward Pace High School (HS) Miami, FL
33 Oakland Athletics Kevin Merrell SS University of South Florida (Col.) Odessa, FL
34 Milwaukee Brewers Tristen Lutz OF James Martin High School (HS) Arlington, TX
35 Minnesota Twins Brent Rooker OF Mississippi State University (Col.) Germantown, TN
36 Miami Marlins Brian Miller OF University of North Carolina (Col.) Raleigh, NC


Kyle Wright was the first player from the 2017 draft to make his major league debut, doing so on September 4, 2018. The top three picks in the draft, Lewis, Greene and Gore, all made their debut within a few weeks of each other between April 15 and May 6, 2022; all three had seen their careers put on hold both by injuries and by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Callis: "Mock draft: Will Twins make Wright top pick?", mlb.com, May 26, 2017. [1]
  • Jim Callis: "Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis", mlb.com, June 13, 2017. [2]
  • Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum: “Looking back at top 2017 Draft picks”, ‘’mlb.com’‘, June 18, 2020. [3]
  • Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Sam Dykstra: "Each team's best pick from 2017 Draft", mlb.com, June 23, 2022. [4]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Candidates for first overall pick in 2017 Draft", mlb.com, April 30, 2017. [5]
  • 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. [6]

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