The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

Photo Gallery

By Steve Breazeale

On June 17, the Minnesota Twins officially welcomed their No. 1 overall draft pick, Royce Lewis, to the organization.

After drafting Lewis with the top pick in the 2017 MLB Draft on June 12, the two parties reached an agreement and Lewis signed his first professional contract during a ceremony at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Twins signed Lewis, who was being advised by super-agent Scott Boras, to a reported record $6.725 million contract, according to, which would make him the highest-paid high school player ever.

With Twins senior vice president and general manager Thad Levine and chief baseball operator Thad Falvey to his right, and Boras to his left, Lewis signed on the dotted line.

“I’m really excited to be here and be a Minnesota Twin. The day finally came. This is every boy’s dream and it’s been my dream since day one,” Lewis said during the ceremony.

Lewis’ deal would come in below the top overall pick’s suggested $7.77 million slot value. The move allowed the Twins to spend more money on other players taken in the draft.

Lewis is scheduled to play for the Twins’ rookie ball Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Capo Dispatch

comments (0)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>