Franco one of several top prospects picked for player pools
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays' 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season. Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Pitcher Brendan McKay and infielder Vidal Brujan, two other top Tampa Bay prospects, also made the pool. They are some of our more advanced prospects," Rays general manager Erik Neander said. He's in their player pool, along with Matt Manning, Tarik Skubal, Alex Faedo and Franklin Perez.
Twins pick high school SS Royce Lewis No. 1
The Minnesota Twins picked Southern California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. Lewis, 18, also played in the outfield for JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, this season, hitting .377 with four home runs and 25 stolen bases. Next off the board was fellow California high school phenom Hunter Greene, who went to the Cincinnati Reds with the No. With the third overall pick, the San Diego Padres selected North Carolina high school left-hander MacKenzie Gore. That marked the first time in 27 years that the top three picks in the draft were all high school players.