MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins on Saturday officially signed No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis. In fact, he put pen to paper in front of a room full of media members. And according to a report, it’s a new record.
Lewis’ $6.725 million contract is a record for a high school player under the current draft system, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The recommended slot value of the first overall pick was about $7.7 million, which means the Twins saved approximately $1 million in signing Lewis. That’s money they reportedly used later in the draft, to sign at least one player — Blayne Enlow — to a deal much higher than the recommended slot amount. The Twins had more bonus pool money than any other team to play with, more than $14 million in this year’s bonus pool.
Lewis will get the biggest signing bonus of any Twins draft pick this year, and more than Byron Buxton’s $6 million in 2012.
Additional Listening: On the latest Touch ‘Em All podcast, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss Royce Lewis and the Twins’ draft strategy. You can listen on iTunes, or right here: