The last time that Hunter Greene took the mound in instructional league things were a mixed bag. Taking on the Kansas City Royals instructional league team on Monday, Greene struggled as the Royals team touched him up a bit. On Saturday the Cincinnati Reds #2 overall pick in the draft returned to the mound and took on the Royals once again.

It was a very different story for both Hunter Greene and the Royals. Josh Norris of Baseball America posted a video of the three innings for Greene and they were outstanding. The just turned 18-year-old struck out seven betters. Watching the video, he looked even better than that. Norris also has up an article detailing some other things from the start.

Breaking down the video

If you haven’t yet gone to the link and watched the video, go do that. Now that you’ve returned after watching the video, let’s talk about it. Hunter Greene showed a moving fastball in the 98-101 MPH range. He would also mix in a slider and a change up often. Neither pitch was consistent, but both pitches showed above-average at times and one slider looked like a plus offering.

I went back and charted the results for each pitch from the video. There were 42 pitches thrown. It would appear that an at-bat may have been missing from the video, but here are the results from what we do see:

Count
Ball 12
Called K 12
Foul 10
Swing K 7
In Play 1

While we need to recognize that this is instructional league, and he’s probably facing younger players, Hunter Greene dominated the Royals here. And, he’s probably younger than most of the guys he faced on Saturday, too. Of the 42 pitches we saw only 12 of them were balls (71% strike rate). He had seven swings and misses. Only one ball was put in play and he threw 12 pitches that were taken for strikes. The stuff. The results. This is the kind out outing that you hope to see from someone like Hunter Greene. It’s the outing the team envisioned when they selected him in June. It was only one outing, but it was about as fun to watch as it could have been.

18 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Just plain sweet.

    An aside. First glimpse of Clementina behind the plate 3rd inning). Yikes. I thought the days of putting the big kid behind the plate were long gone. Future 1B/DH.

    • MK

      The team that drafted the 6’4 Stephenson in the first round. Certainly neither in the Tucker Barnhart mold.

  2. MikeD

    This has to be fake news!

    I have no doubt, between Hunter’s talent, intelligence and drive, he will be every bit a future #1. No doubt there’s a long way to go, but you can’t make talent and that is where it all starts.

  3. Mort

    Don’t pitchers usually see an uptick in velocity from the age of 18 to 21? I thought I remember reading that somewhere.

  4. Mort

    If that’s the case, what can we expect him to top out mph wise?

  5. MK

    Very impressive. It is safe to say the umpire was not squeezing him as he was getting the corners+. Greene did a nice job of making adjustments to his breaking ball which seemed a little flat early. Clementina was doing a nice job of framing those balls on the black.

  6. RedsKoolAid Drinker

    The protected number of years before a highly drafted high school pitcher is expected to make their debut is what? Could Green possibly be a Dwight Gooden type talent and we see him in 2019? Who else was very young as a pitcher?

  7. Datdudejs

    He looked pretty wild to me. Stuff looks good though

  8. Cinvenfan

    I would not rush him. I’d call him up when he’s as ready as he can be and not waste a single season because once he reaches FA status he’ll he gone.

  9. Simon Cowell

    That slider looks like more than a plus pitch. When he throws it over the plate it is completely baffling the hitters.
    and I agree with some of the comments I have seen around the league…. He is looking like Doc Gooden. I can only hope he has the stuff of Doc Gooden…

  10. Kap

    Glad to see this. Gotta be honest, I was a smidge on the skeptical side with this pick but this definitely eases my mind a bit.

  11. sultanofswaff

    If by some sort of miracle the Reds are actually in the playoffs, there’s no doubt in my mind Greene gets added to the roster.

  12. Mustang John

    very mature for his age. Top 5 pitching prospects ive seen in 30 plus years in Pioneer League. He will be in Cincy before most people imagine.

  13. The Duke

    I’m going to have to make it a point to get to one of his starts when he is in Dayton.