The Twins signed No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis on Saturday, making the deal official prior to the second game of their doubleheader against the Indians. Lewis will reportedly receive a $6.725 million signing bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis, which projects to be the largest bonus received by a high school draft pick to date. The club has yet to confirm the figure.
Lewis, an 18-year-old shortstop from JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was the first overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft on Monday. While his wasn’t the only name floated as a potential No. 1 pick leading up to the draft, his speed, power bat and possible future at shortstop or center field carries high appeal. On that note, Baseball America’s pre-draft rankings listed Lewis first among high school outfielders and second among high school shortstops, just below the Reds’ first-round pick, pitcher/infielder Hunter Greene.
Before he signed on with the Twins, Lewis had been committed to UC Irvine. He is expected to join the club’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate this summer.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.
Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.
Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”
It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.
The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.
Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.