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Twins sign No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis


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’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.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.