In April of 2023, Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Hunter Greene signed a 6-year/$53M extension with the Cincinnati Reds, so the Melanated Mound Marauder enters this Spring Training with some veteran scratch. 

 

 

That’s a good thing, because Spring Training started off with a bit of a bang for Greene, as Sam Greene of the Cincinnati Enquirer shared. 

 

Greene’s Cincinnati Reds teammate Elly De La Cruz fouled a pitch off Greene during Tuesday’s practice.  Ironically, the ball landed on Greene’s car, breaking the window. In an incredibly unfortunate twist for the pitcher, it ended up hitting and breaking his car window. 

 

It could be an omen, that the rising Reds are going to smash the competition in the NL Central with a pitching staff led by a healthy Hunter Greene and a multi-faceted lineup led by De LA Cruz, the fastest man in the sport. Greene wasn’t taking any responsibility for Cruz who couldn’t keep the pitch in the field of play. 

  

“You’re paying for it,” Greene said. 

EDLC told Greene, “You make more than me.”

 

Spring Training 2024: Elly De LA Cruz's foul ball broke teammate MLBbro Hunter Green's car window

 

Not sure how that will play out, but these guys have to get on the same page before the season starts. 

 

Cincinnati improved by 20 games last season as an influx of young talent produced a record of 82-80 in 2023, which has Reds Nation thinking playoffs. 

 

Cincy Reds Will Rely Heavily On ELDC and Hunter Greene

 

De La Cruz is known for his electricity and dynamic performance. Expect him to improve on his .235/.300/.410 rookie slashline with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 35 stolen bases. If Greene is healthy and can make 30 starts for the first time in his career, he will be among pitching leaders in strikeouts, velocity and he’s a constant threat to throw no-hit innings. 

 

Greene Machine, who is probably the hardest thrower in the sport, clocked up to 105 MPH, is looking to get on the winning side of things in his career as he’s 9-20 since entering the league two seasons ago. He has, however, racked up 316 strikeouts over 237 2/3 innings pitched in 46 starts.

 

 

MLBbro Will Benson will be expected to take the next step in his development as well, as the 25-year-old is expected to play his first full season as a starter. 

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