There are a lot of talented players in the MLB and this sport has seen some of the greatest athletes that this world has to offer.
Baseball is a sport not too many people excel at, so when someone does just that, it’s a notable thing.
While many people may know the likes of Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and others …There’s a player that people may not know about who is very talented.
And check this out, he’s never played in the majors before, but soon, the MLB fans will know who he is.
His name is Hunter Greene, a right-handed pitcher with an electric arm on the mound. Just know this, if you’re a batter facing Greene, good luck trying to hit his fastball.
Greene is a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization and on May 6 he made his first appearance on the mound since July 2018.
The highly-rated pitcher and No. 60 ranked prospect in the MLB missed all of the 2019 season following Tommy John surgery. But if you watched his recent outing, you would have never guessed he had that surgery.
Greene made the start for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and 37 of his 71 pitches topped out over 100 mph.
That’s right, you read that right, over 100 mph and he did it with ease. His fastest pitch topped out at 102.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 6, 2021
Those 37 pitches over 100 mph were the most ever by a starting pitcher in a major league or minor league game since the statcast era began in 2015.
Just sit on that stat right there…Very Impressive. What’s even more impressive is during a spring training game this year he threw a pitch that registered at 105 mph.
His electric arm is a big reason why the Reds selected him with the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft.
And check this out, Greene signed a $7.23 million signing bonus, which was the largest bonus given out during the slotting system, which began in 2012, and it was the largest bonus since Gerritt Cole signed an $8 million signing bonus in 2011.
He has put in tremendous work during the offseason, especially after his surgery, to get to where he is now.
In an article from the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2020, Greene talked about what was going through his mind during the rehab process.
“I’ve gone through a lot emotionally, spiritually, mentally,” Greene said. “Physically, I’ve been working out and throwing and running for a long time now, but it’s been more of the mental, spiritual side and the emotional side of being able to get through this rehab process,” Greene said.
“I kind of look at it as a blessing. I mean, yeah, it’s not great that I had to get surgery and I had to go through this process and take a year and a half off, but I’ve learned a lot.”
Little do people know but Greene has been pumping gas on the mound since his high school days. He topped out at 102 mph during his senior year.
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Not too many pitchers can throw that fast consistently, but he does it without a problem. When you’re throwing that fast, at times it could be difficult to control where the ball goes and for Greene, that’s something he’s been working on in the past year.
He believes he’s ready to take that step and appear in a big league game this season. “I want to be there this season,” Greene said in an article from the Dayton Daily News. “That’s solely my goal is to get there. That’s where my head’s been since I was drafted and especially this offseason, I’ve worked extremely hard to put myself in the best position possible to succeed and to conquer that goal.”
That goal Greene has is certainly attainable and if he continues to put together impressive outings, the Reds will have no choice but to call him up.
Our MLB bro has the velocity to pitch and be a starter in the league and pretty soon his dream will come true of becoming an MLB pitcher.
You know we’ll have our eyes on him when he makes his debut.