Sixteen USA Baseball Alumni Selected in First Round of 2017 Major League Baseball Draft
A total of 298 alumni have been drafted in the first round since 2000
DURHAM, N.C. - For the third straight year, 16 USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including number one overall pick, Royce Lewis. USA Baseball has had 298 total alumni drafted in the first round since 2000 and 2017 marks the 15th time since 2001 that the first overall pick played for the red, white and blue.
The Minnesota Twins started the 2017 draft by selecting 2014 15U and 2016 18U National Team alumnus Royce Lewis with the first pick of the draft. He is the fifth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).
Lewis helped lead the 2016 18U National Team to a gold medal in the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, and participated in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) with JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) in 2015.
Four national team programs were represented in the 2017 draft, including 11 from the Collegiate National Team, five from the 18U National Team, three from the 15U National Team and one that played for the 14U National Team.
Hunter Greene (No. 2, Cincinnati Reds), Shane Baz (No. 12, Pittsburgh Pirates), and Nick Pratto (No. 14, Kansas City Royals) were also members of the gold-medal winning 2016 18U National Team with Lewis. Greene and Pratto also played on the 15U National Team in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Brendan McKay was the first of 11 2016 Collegiate National Team players taken in the 2017 Draft when he was selected fourth by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was quickly followed by Kyle Wright (No. 5, Atlanta Braves), Keston Hiura (No. 9, Milwaukee Brewers), Jake Burger (No. 11, Chicago White Sox), J.B. Bukauskas (No. 15, Houston Astros), Evan White (No. 17, Seattle Mariners), Alex Faedo (No. 18, Detroit Tigers), David Peterson (No. 20, New York Mets), Jeren Kendall (No. 23, Los Angeles Dodgers), Tanner Houck (No. 24, Boston Red Sox) and Alex Lange (No. 30, Chicago Cubs). McKay and Houck also played together on the 2015 Collegiate National Team.
Adam Haseley (No. 8, Philadelphia Phillies) played for the former 14U National Team program in 2010 and won a gold medal at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) "AAA"/18U World Cup in Tiachung, Taiwan with the 18U National Team.
In addition to the 16 alumni selected in the first round of this year's draft, 20 alumni were taken in Rounds 2-10 Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. The draft continues Wednesday, June 14, with Rounds 11-40 starting at 12 p.m. ET.
The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft is as follows:
Round (Pick); Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1 (1); Royce Lewis; Minnesota Twins; 2014 15U, 2016 18U National Teams
1 (2); Hunter Greene, Cincinnati Reds; 2014 15U, 2015-2016 18U National Teams
1 (4); Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays; 2015-16 Collegiate National Teams
1 (5); Kyle Wright; Atlanta Braves; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (8); Adam Haseley; Philadelphia Phillies; 2010 14U, 2013 18U National Teams
1 (9); Keston Hiura; Milwaukee Brewers; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (11); Jake Burger; Chicago White Sox; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (12); Shane Baz; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2016 18U National Team
1 (14); Nick Pratto; Kansas City Royals; 2013 15U, 2015-2016 18U National Teams
1 (15); J.B. Bukauskas; Houston Astros; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (17); Evan White; Seattle Mariners; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (18); Alex Faedo; Detroit Tigers; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (20); David Peterson; New York Mets; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (23); Jeren Kendall; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2016 Collegiate National Team
1 (24); Tanner Houck; Boston Red Sox; 2015-2016 Collegiate National Teams
1 (30); Alex Lange; Chicago Cubs; 2016 Collegiate National Team