Hunter Fever. Catch it.
(If you can catch a 101-mph fastball.)
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.
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]