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Rachel Hill talks Marcus Stroman’s Windy City arrival.
Rachel Hill talks Marcus Stroman’s Windy City arrival.
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.
MLbbro.com told you early in the season to keep an eye on the New York Mets rotation and the squad’s melanated mound marauders; Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman. The team from Queens is one of just two MLB rotations with two Black starting pitchers.
(Seattle Mariners pitchers Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn comprise the other Black starter tandem)
On Tuesday, both pitchers carried their whole weight in leading the Mets to a sweep of NL East rival Philadelphia.
It was exactly the kind of performance that Mets brass hoped for when they decided to bring these two potential Black aces into the fold to round out what could eventually be the best pitching staff in baseball.
Final line from Marcus Stroman:
6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3K
Well done sir ? pic.twitter.com/j1OBb5Nwlk
— SNY (@SNYtv) April 14, 2021
Both pitchers have basically been lights out. Stroman has a 0.37 ERA and in 12.1 innings pitched he’s given up just 1 run on a homer and eight hits.
He wants all the smoke. At 5-foot-7 he’s a walking billboard for his branded HDMH slogan: “Heart Don’t Measure Height.” Let’s not forget he’s doing all this while fighting social justice causes and responding to idiots all day long on Twitter,
That heart was on full display. After getting his start cut short during a nine-pitch rainout on Sunday, instead of waiting his normal five days to start again, Stroman went Rough Ryder DMX on em’ and came back on one day’s rest to hurl 6 innings of no-run, four-hit ball, in a performance fit for framing.
He was efficient, throwing 86 pitches to lead the Mets to a 4-0 shutout win over the Phillies.
Stroman’s outing followed a spicy effort by Walker, who set the day off like Queen Latifah with the semi-auto, hurling 4.1 innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball with a whopping 8 strikeout. Yeah, he was throwing ched,
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 14, 2021
This short, but masterful outing follows Walker’s first Citifield start in which he surrendered just two runs in 6 innings. Both of Walker’s efforts ended in a no-decision, but he pitched more than well enough to win.
Walker’s a live arm that the Mets signed to shore up the rotation. At just 28 years of age and having pitched for some pretty average to bad teams in his career, there was much optimism that Walker could really turn up this season on a Mets team that has the pieces to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.
These Black Knights are what we would call X-factors for the Mets this season. How far the Mets advance will strongly depend on the performance of their bros in arms. Both are playing on the best team of their career and if they pitched to their abilities, both could easily have career campaigns. It really comes down to staying healthy.
Walker’s durability is always in question. Entering the season the 6-foot-4 heat hurler had started just 15 MLB games since 2018.
There were skeptics who suggested that Stroman was more bark than bite based on the fact that he hasn’t had a winning record since 2017 and his ERA has fluctuated dramatically. Stroman knew better and entered the season healthy, confident and anxiously waiting for a team to explode on.
Marcus Stroman, Filthy 90mph Cutter/Slider and K Strut. ? pic.twitter.com/yD1aWKM3eT
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 14, 2021
The Mets already have a formidable staff with the best pitcher in the game (Jacob DeGrom) leading the way, To have two other pitchers capable of dominating at times comes in handy for the Mets, who currently have two key starters missing. Noah Syndergaard is on the shelf and No. 2 starter Carlos Carrasco is on the IL with a bad hammy.
Give it up for these brothers who continue to dismiss the myth that Black men don’t pitch…anymore.