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Royce Lewis signs with Twins, sets record for high school players

June 17, 2017

JSerra High shortstop Royce Lewis, the first overall pick in this week’s MLB Draft, signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday that reportedly a set record for a high school player.

Lewis’ deal is worth $6.725 million, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, which would be a record for a high school player under the current draft system.

“We felt we selected both the top talent in the draft and the top person,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said during a news conference at Target Field. “And that’s a credit to his parents and his family, and to Royce. We couldn’t be happier.”

Lewis, 18, was the 2017 Gatorade player of the year for California and a three-time MVP of the Trinity League.

He will start his professional career with Minnesota’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla.

Major League Baseball’s recommended slot value for his bonus was $7.77 million, but the Twins were able to sign him for less than that, giving the team more money to spend on their later picks.

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