Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:31:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4444956 Hunter Greene video from Tuesday’s game Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:31:08 +0000 Hunter Greene took the mound for the Cincinnati Reds in an intraquad game on Tuesday afternoon. We've got the full outing on video, and a scouting report from the game.

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The Cincinnati Reds backfields in Goodyear were as crazy as this writer has ever seen them. On field four you had Major League Superstar-in-waiting Luis Castillo on the mound for the Triple-A Louisville Bats squad. On field five was Major Leaguer Brandon Finnegan, pitching for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Those guys, alone, would draw a crowd. But, on Tuesday is was the intrasquad game made up of some of the lower-level players that had perhaps the most interested crowd on hand. Hunter Greene would take the mound. That brought out all kinds of visitors, including Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who rolled up in his own golf cart to get an up close view.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to be in Goodyear, there’s some good news. The entire outing can be watched below.

In total, Hunter Greene threw 29 pitches between the two innings. He would hit a batter and allow a single over the two innings of work, while recording three strikeouts. It should have been four strikeouts on the day. The second to last pitch of the outing was somehow called a ball to Cash Case, and you can see Greene walk off of the mound after the pitch. He, like everyone except the umpire, seemed to think it was an easy strike three. Because it was. But, the only person that matters in that case is the one who missed it and Case grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning, and outing for Greene.

The quick scouting report on Hunter Greene for the day

The fastball was working 94-96 MPH in the first inning, touching a tick higher. In the second inning the velocity ramped up to 96-98 MPH and touched 99. At times there was some nice, late movement on the fastball. The change up and slider both were working in the mid 80’s. The slider looked good when it was on, but a few of them were not nearly as crisp. The curveball came in around 77-78 MPH on the day.

Past reports had some scouts not having a ton of faith in the slider, but what I saw today certainly disagrees with that notion. Yes, there were a few that weren’t as good as the others, but the pitch is there and it’s going to continue to get better and going to get more consistent, too. The change up showed well and has the makings of at least an average big league offering. The curveball will be interesting to see how it works out. It’s the lone pitch that’s working below the mid-80’s in his repertoire. It’s probably his 4th pitch in terms of quality, but it’s not a bad offering. Like the slider and change up, though, it could be more consistent. None of that is out of expectation for an 18-year-old pitcher, though. For his age, Greene looked quite advanced.

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Lunchtime Reds news, notes, and links Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:13:17 +0000 News and notes for some lunchtime reading about several Cincinnati Reds topics.

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Let me start this off by saying what I know everyone is looking for: Hunter Greene is pitching today. I’ll try to get the entire outing on video. I’ll try to get it up later tonight/tomorrow morning at the latest. If you aren’t following me on twitter, you should be. That’s where I’ll be doing my real-time updates, though don’t expect them to be coming after every at-bat. Games begin at 1pm out here, which is 4pm in the Cincinnati area – in case you were looking for the information.

Cincinnati Reds General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Dicks Williams participated in a reddit Ask Me Anything last night. There were some good questions in there, and some that were pretty silly. But, one of the bigger things that’s come up in the last 24 hours is Nick Senzel heading to Triple-A and playing second base. There were a few answers that sort of revolve around Senzel moving forward that seem worth looking at.

Senzel is also a player with the athleticism to play multiple positions. In the short term, I could see him getting more exposure to 2B since we saw him at 3B and SS this spring.

I could see Nick getting time at 2B just so we know what we have in him there. I could see him playing 3b, SS or 2B in the big leagues. He could probably play OF if we wanted him to as well.

Things aren’t over for Nick Senzel at shortstop, despite his being told he will play mostly second base in Louisville. But, it seems that for the time being the focus will be on second base. Bryan Price had this to say yesterday:

He’s got to be ready to play any place but first base if we have an injury or setback,” Price said. “He has a history playing second base. He played some short. He played quite a bit this spring and he’s played third. I would have to say he’s an option at all of those positions if we have any issues or injuries.

Robert Stephenson looks real bad, then real good

Last night the Reds lost to the Cubs, 5-4. Robert Stephenson had an outing that showed a little bit of what he’s come to be known for: Inconsistency. In the first two innings he allowed four hits and two walks. There were also two line outs, a hit batter, and a runner tagged out on the bases. Suffice to say, it was a real struggle. Then in the third inning the script flipped for Stephenson, striking out the first two batters he faced before getting a pop up to Joey Votto to end the inning. The next inning began with an error, but that was followed by two more strikeouts. At that point he had reached his pitch count and left the game.

When Robert Stephenson is on, he’s very, very good. But he seems to still be battling to find the consistency on the mound. His stats in the spring show that, too. He has 15 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. That’s pretty darn strong. But he’s also walked eight batters and allowed 18 hits. And, well, that’s not. At this point it seems likely that he is heading to Triple-A, though nothing is set in stone at this point and I’m merely speculating. 11.2 innings isn’t a ton, and he certainly pitched well down the stretch last year as a starter in the Major Leagues. But, he’s been outperformed by more than a few guys that seems to be playing for the same spot on the 25-man roster.

That’s all for now. Time to start getting ready and heading to Goodyear for some baseball.

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Reds Jose Garcia video and quick thoughts Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:42:27 +0000 An early look at Cincinnati Reds new shortstop prospect Jose Garcia, including some video of him at the plate during spring training.

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The Cincinnati Reds signed shortstop Jose Garcia as an international free agent on June 8th. That was right before the signing period ended on June 15th. That put the organization into the penalty phase for the next two signing periods. The team went big in the last open free agency period when it comes to international players. In total they spent over $30M on the class when everything was said and done. Garcia never got into games last season after signing, but did participate in team activities in the Dominican Republic, including instructional league.

On Monday afternoon I was able to get my first in-person look at the now 20-year-old Jose Garcia. It was just one game, and a few at-bats, but I liked what I saw. First, let’s go to the video from the game, and some batting practice before the game.

Quick Thoughts on Jose Garcia

At the plate, there’s a lot to like with Jose Garcia. He’s athletic, his bat is quick, and there’s already a little bit of pop in there. The part that was impressive was the patience he showed in his at-bats. Now, small sample size of one game alert here, but he seemed to have a pretty good idea of the strikezone and didn’t expand his swing zone. Garcia hit the ball hard three times on the day, including in that final clip of the above video that resulted in an extra-base hit. He was also impressive in batting practice earlier in the day.

In the field there wasn’t much happening. He had a few plays, but none that weren’t routine – at least that I saw. I did make my way to other fields a few times during the defensive half-innings for this team, so it’s possible I missed something. While the assignments haven’t been made yet, Jose Garcia was playing with the Dayton team (which at this point doesn’t mean anything). What does mean something, is that most of the other players on the team were the guys you would expect to be in Dayton. That likely suggests that he’s headed there to begin the 2018 season – and technically, his professional career.

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Reds reassign Nick Senzel to Minor League camp Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:56:56 +0000 The Cincinnati Reds have reassigned top prospect Nick Senzel to the Minor Leagues. That, however, isn't the news of the day regarding the infielder.

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The Cincinnati Reds announced earlier this afternoon that top prospect Nick Senzel has been assigned to Minor League camp. C. Trent Rosecrans was the first to report it, though it was only by a matter of seconds.

It was Mark Sheldon, though, who seemed to grab the scoop about 45 minutes later.

No, the surprising and scoop isn’t that Nick Senzel is heading to Louisville. It’s that his primary position appears to be second base. There’s a lot of things to unfold in this.

The first would seem to be that the organization doesn’t seem to think that shortstop is going to be likely. And if that’s what they believe, then sure, making the move to a position they do believe will work sooner, makes sense. That position is second base, which makes tons of sense given that third base was locked up for almost the next decade last week when the team extended Eugenio Suarez.

Where things get most interesting is what happens with the other second basemen. Dilson Herrera cleared waivers and was sent to the minors. When he’s fully healthy he’s a second baseman. The Reds have mentioned trying to get him time at third base, too, but that seemed more out of a need to find a way to keep him on the bench since he was out of options than a position that he seemed to fit into.

Then there’s Alex Blandino. He’s got more position flexibility than Dilson Herrera does, but second base seemed like the position he had the best chance of breaking into the starting lineup at the big league level. He could be the guy that fills the role that may have been expected to go to Herrera this spring, as he’s having a strong run in March and could be a good bench player. If he doesn’t, though, that’s going to be a crowded infield in Louisville. One that could also include Brandon Dixon, who also plays some second and third base, if he doesn’t make the Reds roster as a bench player.

One level below,  you’ve got another top prospect in Shed Long. He’s only played second base and catcher in his career, and the catching thing is quite a way behind him at this point. Then there are guys like Jeter Downs and Jose Garcia in the lower minors who may be shortstops today, but could possibly need to slide to second in the future.

This is a move that’s going to have ripple effects throughout the organization. It’s going to change how the Reds are eventually going to go about developing other well regarded prospects. What does the team decide to do with a guy like Shed Long? Do they try to find another position that he could give a shot? Or do they keep him at second base for the time being? Is Alex Blandino going to focus more on shortstop, while seeing limited time at third and second just to keep those skills fresh? What is Dilson Herrera going to do if Nick Senzel is going to mostly be playing second base in Louisville? There are plenty of unanswered questions right now. We will eventually see where this goes in regards to everyone – but for now, it’s a bit all over the place.

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Will new bill continue to depress Minor League wages? Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:01:53 +0000 Minor League and Major League Baseball may get their way in keeping pay outside of the federal laws on wages in the next week or two.

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I’ve written about the state of Minor League Baseball pay time and again. For those who are unaware, until a player reaches Double-A, they are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage for the time they put in at the field. And they aren’t paid during the offseason. Major League Baseball gets around the minimum wage rules by claiming that baseball players are seasonal employees. You know – like the kids that work at the local haunted house from September through November. Except that they are required to travel the country, and move to parts of the country, at the whim of their employer, and take drug tests while not actually working, in which they can be punished during the “working season”.

Now, to be fair, their salary, unlike those actual seasonal employees, isn’t accounting for their signing bonus. Guys like Hunter Greene probably aren’t trying to figure out a way to pay for rent, car insurance, food, a phone bill, and maybe some Netflix while living in Goodyear, or Billings, or Dayton. Some guys, though, aren’t getting big signing bonuses. In fact, some guys aren’t getting much of a signing bonus at all. College seniors, who have no leverage in the draft, often get bonuses of $5-10,000. Some of that goes to Uncle Sam. Some goes to their agent. Whatever is left, well, enjoy it, guys.

Some players are helped out in some cities with host families. This helps with rent, but not every team has host families (Daytona for example doesn’t have any), and even the teams that do have them don’t usually have enough for every player. But, it shouldn’t be a situation where out of the goodness of their hearts, fans of a local baseball team should shelter these guys because they aren’t paid as much as the nice woman as the McDonalds I stopped at this morning the handed me a hashbrown.

Save America’s Pastime Act

A few years ago there was a bill that was being pushed in Congress that was attempting to make Minor League Baseball players exempt from laws regarding wages. The guise was that teams would fold if they had to pay the players minimum wage. The name, hilariously was “The Save America’s Pastime Act”. It was quickly called out for it’s absolute ridiculous concept, because, well, first of all it’s not the minor league team owners that pay the players. The Cincinnati Reds pay the players on the Daytona Tortugas, not the owner of the Daytona Tortugas. A few days after sponsoring the bill, one member backed out after actually reading the thing. You know, because somehow that’s how things work. Ultimately, the bill never came to pass.

Where things are today

That, however, didn’t stop both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball owners from creating a freaking lobby to try and get legislators on their side. And it seems that after hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of members of Congress, they may be getting their way. Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post reports that in the latest government spending bill that’s going to be introduced into Congress there could be a provision within it that exempts players in Minor League Baseball from federal labor laws. Because of course.

There are some lawsuits that have been filed over the last few years to try and change the laws. Some of the lawsuits were to get back pay based on minimum wage laws. None of them have been successful, for a variety of reasons. Some are still undecided in the courts. For what amounts to the price of less than one Major League minimum salary, teams could give a solid raise to every player in the minors. For about the price of a low-budget reliever in the Major Leagues, teams could give substantial raises to every player in the minors and allow them to focus on baseball year round. You know, instead of building pools like Josh Smith was doing in the offseason. Or being a bouncer at a bar (because this seems like the kind of job you want an athlete working in, right?) like one minor former Reds minor league player was doing.

What can be done

The solution isn’t easy. Minor League players aren’t a part of the Major League Baseball Players Association. It’s why they are tested for drugs that Major Leaguers aren’t (such as marijuana). If they were to be allowed to join the  MLBPA and become a part of the union, then they would be able to negotiate, as a group, for their salary. As things stand right now, that’s not a possibility. The easiest solution would be for Tony Clark and the current players to open up membership to anyone signed to a contract by a Major League team. Players in other sports at the lower levels have unions. The court systems could also step in, though, that seems unlikely given how things have played out in recent years.

Other professional sports minor league pay

The NHL treats their minor league players as actual professionals. In the ECHL, the lowest level of minor league hockey, players only get $10,790 per season. That’s more than twice what a player in rookie league baseball will get per year. Players in Low-A get 40% less than that. The ECHL players also get meal money of $39 per day, compared to $25 for minor league baseball players. The ECHL players also are guaranteed a furnished bedroom within a furnished, utilities paid apartment. That does usually mean they will have a roommate. If a player is married, they get their own furnished, utilities paid apartment. Players at the highest level of minor league hockey make over $90,000 a year. Players in the NBA D-League (or whatever it’s called this year) has a set of salaries. The lowest a player can make is $19,500 a year. The most they can make is $26,000 a year. There’s no salary in-between.

While this discussion certainly has some political undertones to it, please, for the love of God, keep politics out of the discussion in the comments. I will delete comments. I’m not opposed to banning you if you get out of control. And some of you have been warned more than a few times about it, too.

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Jose Siri update; Reds notes from the backfields Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:54:09 +0000 Updating the status of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jose Siri, as well as some observations from the backfields in Goodyear during spring training.

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Thanks to a lack of sleep, and google maps lying to me a little bit, I was able to arrive in Goodyear about 7 hours earlier than I had been planning. And that means that I was able to get in nearly a full extra day of spring training. What it also meant is that I was a little bit unprepared in terms of cameras being charged and ready to go. There, however, was some stuff that I was able to find out that was useful.

Jose Siri injury update

During the first game of Major League spring training Jose Siri left the game after a collision with the center field wall. It was not what anyone wanted to see. Initial reports were unclear on how much time the Reds Hitter of the Year would miss while recovering from the injury to his thumb. Bryan Price would eventually note that it wouldn’t be anytime soon, and that they wouldn’t see him again this spring. What wasn’t clear was whether that meant with the big league club or whether it was “he’s not playing at all this spring”.

Well, I was able to get the answer today. Jose Siri is going to miss the rest of the spring. He will not be ready to begin the 2018 regular season on time. The timetable is still a little uncertain, but a source said that it’s a possibility that he could miss all of April before beginning his season.

Tyler Stephenson had a big day on Saturday

This one comes from Jamie Ramsey:

The power has been a big selling card for Tyler Stephenson ever since he was drafted. It hasn’t shown up too frequently in the games since he turned pro, though. In 178 games he’s hit 11 home runs – including six last season in 80 games with Dayton. Injuries probably play a role in that – he’s missed half of a season, or more, each of the previous two years.

Last season he took a big step forward in terms of his plate approach. In 2016 he walked 14 times with 52 strikeouts in 176 plate appearances. In 2017 he walked 44 times and struck out just 58 times in 348 plate appearances. Unsurprisingly everything at the plate improved with that. If he’s able to take that next step forward with his power output (and to be fair, he’s heading to the Florida State League where power is tough to come by), it could be huge for both himself and the Reds farm system.

Early first looks

The Double-A and Triple-A teams, as earlier noted, were playing their games at home in Goodyear on Sunday. While those games were happening, some of the rookie level guys were over on another field having practice. I ventured over there at times and got a chance to see some of the young guys for the first time in person. I don’t want to get too detailed here, because it was just a few rounds of batting practice, and I didn’t see each group all of the way through, but some things stood out.

Miguel Hernandez, the second biggest prospect at the time that the Cincinnati Reds signed in the 2015 International Signing period, was one of the guys I saw for the first time. Last year he split the season between the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona League Reds as an 18-year-old. He showed a smooth swing with some bat speed. He is a bit thinner than I expected him to be. Now, he’s just 19-years-old, but he looks a bit thinner than his listed size. I’m hoping to get to see him in the field while I’m out here. The reports I’ve gotten are very good.

I was able to see Reniel Ozuna in spring training last season in very limited action. So, technically this isn’t my first time seeing him in action. He hit .288/.351/.398 with the AZL Reds last season as an 18-year-old. He definitely stood out among the guys I did see among this group on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see him in some game action while I’m out here and don’t have to wait until the mid-summer to see him in Greeneville or Billings.

Leonardo Seminati, a 19-year-old first baseman out of Italy, was also among one of the guys I was seeing in person for the first time. Physically, he really stood out. While he’s young, he’s a listed 6′ 2″ and 210 lbs. And he looked every bit of it.

Brandon Dixon and Alex Blandino keep on hitting

Brandon Dixon hit his 4th home run of the spring on Sunday afternoon, going 1-1 on the day. He’s been impressive all spring long, hitting .351/.385/.703 for the Reds in 37 at-bats. Of his 13 hits, five of them have been for extra-bases. He has really caught fire over the last three games, going 4-5 in that stretch.

Alex Blandino hasn’t shown quite the same power that Dixon has, but he’s hit nearly as well. On Sunday afternoon he went 2-3 with a triple. That pushed his spring line to .387/.424/.484. The triple was only his second extra-base hit – he had a double previously. He’s only struck out four times in 31 at-bats with the big league club.

Both players are likely competing for the same spot on the roster as a backup/super-sub/utility player, or whatever you want to call it. Both guys are capable of playing multiple positions. Where Alex Blandino has the edge is that he’s a bit of a stronger defender on the infield, and he’s capable of backing up at shortstop. Where Brandon Dixon has the edge is that he’s got experience in the outfield on top of his ability to play first, second, and third base.

Have you checked out Patreon yet?

If you will indulge me for a second, I’d like to just sell you on the idea of checking out supporting the work done here at over on Patreon. It’s the support over there that really does help me travel around the country and bring you the coverage here at the site. You can contribute as little or as much per month as you’d like. If you can’t afford to contribute, I understand. There’s only so much money to go around. But, if you have a few bucks in your budget a month and appreciate the work that goes into this site, I’d greatly appreciate your consideration to help out.

There are some perks for contributing. While eventually all of the work does make it to these pages, some of it does wind up on Patreon first. They also get a daily email during the season recapping all of the action from the night before with notes on some of the players. The monthly mailbags are usually made up of questions that Patreon supporters get to ask. That’s the end of my sales pitch. Thanks for indulging me.

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Reds send three players to minor league camp Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:15:04 +0000 The Cincinnati Reds sent three players to Minor League camp on Saturday afternoon. They also completed a trade.

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The Cincinnati Reds sent three players to the Minor League side of camp on Saturday afternoon. The team optioned catcher Stuart Turner to Triple-A, and they reassigned relievers Kyle Crockett and Jimmy Herget to the Minor Leagues.

It’s been a rough spring for Stuart Turner. He’s only played in nine games and had just 15 at-bats, but in that span he’s managed just one hit. He has walked three times with five strikeouts. For Jimmy Herget, it’s been a hit-or-miss spring. He’s posted a 2.08 ERA in 4.1 innings, allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts. Herget allowed six hits and did walk four batters, and was ultimately charged with thee unearned runs. Things hadn’t gone as well for Kyle Crockett. The lefty had allowed four earned runs in 6.1 innings (5.68 ERA). He walked four and struck out four.

The Reds trade Eric Jagielo to the Marlins

The Cincinnati Reds made a trade on Saturday afternoon, too. The team traded infielder Eric Jagielo to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations. Joe Frisaro of was the first to report the move.

Since coming over in the Aroldis Chapman trade, it’s been a tough go of things for Eric Jagielo. The infielder was coming off of knee surgery when he was acquired and he’s never been able to show the bat that he did prior to the injury. In 2015 in Double-A with Trention he hit .284/.347/.495 in half of a season. Over the last two seasons, though, he’s hit .205 and .204 and in both seasons he’s had an OPS of .615.

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The Unnamed Reds Podcast: Episode 14.5 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:27:31 +0000 With the extension of Eugenio Suarez for eight years with the Cincinnati Reds it warranted an emergency episode of The Unnamed Reds Podcast.

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The Cincinnati Reds signed Eugenio Suarez to an extension on Friday morning. In this episode of The Unnamed Reds Podcast, Doug Gray discusses the details, what the deal could mean for both the Reds and Suarez. He also discusses what the extension could mean for Nick Senzel, and what that could mean for other players in the organization.

If you want to download the episode directly, you can do so here.

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Cincinnati Reds extend Eugenio Suarez Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:18:46 +0000 The Cincinnati Reds have extended third baseman Eugenio Suarez for eight seasons for what could be $81M if the team picks up his final option year.

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The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have agreed to an extension with third baseman Eugenio Suarez. The extension has not yet spoken of the financial terms of the deal, but was reported as a seven year contract, with a club option for an eighth season. Mark Sheldon of had it first on twitter.

For the Reds this locks in Suarez for the remainder of his 20’s and gives Cincinnati a long term solution at third base. This makes the idea to try Nick Senzel at other positions on the field even more important for the organization. Short of something disastrous, which we’d never wish on anyone, third base is not going to be open for the organizations current top prospect for quite a while. In fact, assuming that Senzel reaches the Major Leagues this season and never goes back to the Minor Leagues, it’s Suarez that is under team control longer between the two players.

While the deal itself doesn’t seem to be much about Nick Senzel, as I’m sure the organization and Eugenio Suarez have been having these conversations for a while now, it does hopefully mean that the team is willing to take more of a long-term approach to the Senzel to shortstop plan rather than try to rush things through in order to get him into the Major Leagues. That, of course, is assuming that he needs additional, unplanned time in order to make that move.

Eugenio Suarez Contract Extension Details

Tommy Stokke is reporting that the contract is for $66M, with the final option year being a $15M one that also includes a $2M buyout.

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Hunter Greene hits 101 MPH in his first spring game Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:03:56 +0000 Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene did not disappoint in his first game of the spring, topping out at 101 MPH as the minor leaguers opened up spring training games for 2018.

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If you ask almost anyone that’s hanging out on the backfields in Goodyear this spring what they want to see the most, the odds are they are going to say Hunter Greene pitch. The 18-year-old may be the most exciting prospect from the fanbase perspective in a very, very long time. Many fans knew who he was before he put on a Reds jersey. Many knew who he was before Cincinnati selected him with the #2 overall pick in the 2017 draft. That’s what happens when you are a 17-year-old and grace the cover of Sports Illustrated and they tabbed him as “The Star Baseball Needs”.

On Thursday afternoon the spring training games for the Minor League players officially began. Hunter Greene didn’t disappoint anyone who happened to be in attendance – and according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, it was quite a crowd of who’s who. The right handed pitcher topped out at 101 MPH in the two innings that he threw, and sat at 98-99 MPH. Rosecrans had a full line on Greene in this tweet:

The 2018 Regular Season for Hunter Greene

The 2018 season for Hunter Greene is very likely to begin with the Dayton Dragons. The biggest question than where, is when? Greene is going to be just 18-years-old for almost the entire season. The Reds are going to want to limit his workload this season. Partially due to his age – he’s still so young. Partially due to the limited amount of pitching he had in the 2017. Between high school, and his time in Billings, there weren’t many “game” innings on his arm.

While the organization hasn’t cited a plan for Hunter Greene yet, at least publicly, I’d be surprised if the plan were to get him more than 100.0 innings in 2018. The Reds have been very cautious, historically, with pitchers in their first full season out of high school. And almost all of those guys were older than Greene is, who is going to be younger than some players drafted out of high school in the upcoming draft.

If the team holds Hunter Greene back in extended spring training for a month before sending him out to Dayton, that would likely mean he would be able to pitch through the end of the season, as long as they kept him on a 4-5 inning limit in each start. Depending on exactly when he would be called up during May, that could leave roughly 19-23 starts to complete the season on a regular 5-man rotation. Using the All-Star break could eliminate a start. And perhaps you could skip one at another point during the year and buy some additional innings that way.

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