Hunter Fever

Hunter Greene’s pitching debut

Hunter Fever. Catch it.

(If you can catch a 101-mph fastball.)

Hunter Greene, the Reds’ #1 2017 draft pick pitched as a professional yesterday. Check out his brand new FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference pages!

The club selected the just-turned-18 pitcher from Sherman Oaks high school in southern California as the #2 overall pick in June. Greene signed a $7.23 million contract with the Reds in July, a record for high school pitchers.

Greene is the most-hyped high school baseball player in a long time, including finding himself the subject of an April cover story in Sports Illustrated.

Yesterday, Greene did nothing to dispel the outsized enthusiasm of Reds fans toward his future. He threw an inning for the Billings Mustangs rookie team in his pro debut and topped 10o mph according to local radar guns. Greene was reportedly on a 20-pitch limit. Greene now has a sparkling ERA of 0.00.

It may be a somewhat small sample size to base much on, but you can’t go through a career not giving up any runs if you don’t pitch a shutout in your first inning, right?

Kyle Hansen, sports reporter for the Billings Gazette, covered Greene’s inning. Here’s his report:

Video of every one of Greene’s pitches:

Part 1 of Hansen’s interview with Greene after the game:

Interview Part 2:

Anyone know the symptoms of Hunter Fever?

[Thumbnail photo credit: Casey Page, Billings Gazette staff]

10 thoughts on “Hunter Greene’s pitching debut

  1. See ya in Cincinnati in 2021, Greene! Hopefully you can learn some tips from our grizzled veteran ace, Luis Castillo, once you make it.

  2. At least now we can move past some of the unwarranted criticism for the Reds not pitching Hunter while they worked on his mechanics and getting his arm and shoulder back in pitching condition for game action. The kid may stretch out to 3 or 4 innings before the season wraps. I completely happy just allowing the kid to get his feet wet this season and letting him strut his stuff next season. He’s still a long way from pitching in AA and AAA. Slow and steady with Hunter’s progression with very close monitoring of his mechanics and physical stress on the arm and shoulder every step of the way.

  3. Nice to finally see him on the mound. Nice debut. That 101 is some serious heat. Can’t teach that. Better pitcher than hitter so far. The DHing thing hopefully is just for this year. Next year, will it really be worth having him DH a couple of times a week and risk an injury??
    He might get 10 innings in Billings and another 20 in the instructional league. Good enough to get through the fall. After spring training next year, what happens? Dayton would seem to be late 2018 destination, not an early 2018 destination. If he’ll be sitting around extended spring training until late June until Billings’ season starts, hopefully Greene would be getting some quality one-on-one training from Mario Soto or Tom Browning or such. He has a fastball and a good curveball. Some Change-Up 101 lessons would help him get a leg up on a 3rd or 4th pitch.
    If he can get a little movement on that 101 mph fastball, watch out.

    • Yes, I think that it is worth the risk to have him bat. I hate pitchers who cannot hit, bunt, run the bases and field their position.

      And Castillo just got beat by a pitcher who hit a home run. Hey Hunter, one day you may have to drive yourself in to be a winner.

      Are you up for that or are you ready to retire 43% of the baseball game that we know and love?

  4. his windup is really fast. i guess if you’re about to fling one 100mph you might as well do it quickly.

  5. I remember another fire-balling right hander who made his major league debut at 18…..

  6. Like Lou said to Willy Mays Hays in Major League, “Nice catch, don’t ever do it again” (curse word removed), that’s what I’d say to Hunter throwing 101. Simply no need for it. Sit around 96-98, save your arm, enjoy an injury free career.

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