It’s Time For Cincinnati Reds To Call Up Fireballer Hunter Greene For Playoff Run

It’s Time For Cincinnati Reds To Call Up Fireballer Hunter Greene For Playoff Run

By Charles Nyonga | MLBbro.com Contributor

Hunter Greene’s Triple-A season is a wrap, but the Reds have an opportunity to advance past the Wild Card round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Greene’s generational stuff and triple digit fastball could only help the Reds, who are trying to fend off San Diego and the Phillies for the second NL Wild Card.

 

 

Jordan Walker Is Plowing Through The Minors | MLBbro With Freakish Talent & Superstar Potential

Jordan Walker Is Plowing Through The Minors | MLBbro With Freakish Talent & Superstar Potential

Major League Baseball recently updated their top 100 prospects over the weekend, which featured three bros in the top 30 like Cincinnati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene and shortstops Kahlil Watson of the Miami Marlins and C.J. Abrahams of the San Diego Padres. But there is a riser upon the horizon.

 

 

While those bros are becoming household names, future superstar Jordan Alexander Walker from the St. Louis Cardinals is making a name for himself. Walkers’ acclivity through the ranks is the stuff made of legend. But this is what the Redbirds expected when they selected the third baseman, 21st overall, in last year’s MLB Draft.

 

The 2020 MLB Virtual Draft was a watershed Draft for the revival of Baseball’s chocolate talent pipeline.

The selections of Ed Howard by the Cubs and Jordan Walker by the Cardinals mark the first time ever that two alumni of the MLB Breakthrough Series – a diversity-focused, amateur development experience by MLB & USA Baseball – have been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft.

We are the ones late to the party.

 

 

The buzz is beyond apropos as the 63rd- ranked prospect is batting .324 with 80 hits, 47 runs, 33 RBI, 22 doubles, nine home runs with eight stolen bases, and two triples for the Peoria Chiefs; Not to mention his glovework on the hot corner!

 

 

Walker told KSDK News about his infield play, “I’m really working on my defense right now. I feel my defense is really behind on my hitting right now. Working with (Jose Oquendo) has been mind-blowing. He showed me plenty of other ways to be more consistent.”

 

He went on to say, “I trust him with any part of the game. It’s not just fielding, but he has given me tips on base running, hitting, but mainly fielding. He showed me different situations I should be thinking about, where I should be on the cut-off if it’s hit in left field, knowing the outfielder’s arm (strength), and things like that. Just the whole aspect of the game.”

 

 

Check out the size of this young man. He is not human. 

The 6’5 240lb 19-year-old is strong as an ox with cat-like reflexes. The way the ball pops off of his bat leaves defenders shaking in their cleats.

 

 

The diamond has become a safe haven for 2019-2020 Georgia Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, where he hit .457 with four home runs in just 16 games. He had an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.555 before the Global pandemic shut down the rest of his senior season.

 


Those numbers had top-notch academia like Duke salivating over his presence before he ultimately took his talents to the show, where he signed a $2.9 million deal.

Walker (now 19), came in hot at age 18, while at the alternate site for the Cardinals.

His play outgrew his stay as he quickly got promoted to Palm Beach, where he later worked his way up to High-A Peoria, where he currently stands today.

 

 

Let’s take a second to marvel at the kids’ genetics and God-given talent. He has the total package, and he hasn’t even grown into his man body yet. The future is looking bright, and he knows it.

“I’m (going to) work hard and try to get what I want. Control what I can control. If I put in the work, then hopefully, the results will show. My whole mentality is to get to the next level.”

Introducing The All-MLBbro Futures Game Squad

Introducing The All-MLBbro Futures Game Squad

Brennen Davis, Xavier Edwards and some of the best young MLBbros in baseball will take the field for The 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Coors Field in Denver — on the same day that the first round of the MLB Draft will be held in the same city.

 

Ed Howard & Brennen Davis Are The Future Of Black Baseball In Chicago


Every year, the Futures Game is a showcase of the brightest young stars in baseball, the guys we really expect to carry the league going forward.

Our MLBbro and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is one of the many notable alumni of this game.

Being selected to the game is truly considered an honor for young ballplayers, and gives our six young MLBbros (one won’t play due to injury) an opportunity to show the world the latest generation of Black ballplayers. 

MLBbros Kyle Lewis, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Jo Addell, Touki Toussaint, Hunter Greene and Future Games MVP Taylor Trammell all played in the same Future Games in 2018, so the game definitely features the future stars of MLB.

31 of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects are on Futures Game rosters

In honor of this year’s Futures Game, I comprised an All-Star team of my own.

I’d put this All-MLBbros Futures Team up against any prospect list you can find.

Anchored by fireballer Hunter Greene and the aforementioned Davis & Edwards, these young MLBbros will be making headlines soon.

 

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( * denotes players who are expected to play in the game.)

Pitchers

Josiah Gray*- RHP- Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 8 RHP prospect in MLB)

Hunter Greene – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (No. 10 RHP prospect in MLB)

Andre Jackson* – RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 27 prospect in Dodgers organization)

Catcher

Bo Naylor – Cleveland Indians (No.3 prospect in Cleveland organization) 

First Base

This was the toughest position to find an MLBBro to fill. Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell is the most notable Black first basemen of late, but as I searched through each team’s roster list there were no current first base prospects to be found. 

I mentioned the need for defensive versatility before, and it seems like most black prospects are being placed where their athletic ability can be best used; shortstop or the outfield.

But with names like Frank Thomas, Willie McCovey, Eddie Murray, Dick Allen, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard … I mean I could really do this for a while…There are countless Black power hitters who’ve manned first base in the Bigs, so there’s surely another in the pipeline. If I’ve overlooked anyone, let me know in the comments. 

Second Base

Xavier Edwards* – Tampa Bay Rays (No. 3 2B prospect in MLB)

Third Base

Jordan Walker – St. Louis Cardinals (No. 7 3B prospect in MLB)

Shortstop

C.J. Abrams (replaced due to injury)- San Diego Padres (No. 3 SS prospect in MLB)

Outfielders  

Brennen Davis* – Chicago Cubs (No. 2 prospect in Cubs organization)

Michael Harris II* – Atlanta Braves (No. 9 prospect in Braves organization)

Jordyn Adams – Los Angeles Angels (No 3 prospect in Angels organization)

These Future stars will be going hard to prove that they are the elite prospects in the game, with hopes of one day playing on Tuesday night.