Over the weekend Hunter Greene made his 5th start of the season for the Chattanooga Lookouts. The 21-year-old allowed two runs in 7.0 innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. The two earned runs match the most he’s allowed in a start this year. During the start he threw 101 pitches with 70 strikes. Among those 101 pitches were 29 fastballs that clocked in at 100+ MPH. 27 of those went for strikes.
Two weeks ago Greene brought home the Double-A South Pitcher of the Week Award for a 10-strikeout performances against Montgomery. For the month of May he’s probably in the running for Pitcher of the Month in the league, too. He’s posted a 1.91 ERA in a league best 28.1 innings. His ERA ranks 3rd in the league. Greene is also leading the league in strikeouts with 41 of them (and just nine walks), he’s 4th in WHIP, and he’s holding batters to a .180/.248/.250 line. Oh, and he’s given up just one home run.
Mark Kolozsvary homers for Team USA
The Olympics will take place later in the summer, but qualifying is still going on. Team USA is just beginning their qualifying process, with their first game coming last night against Nicaragua. Reds minor league catcher Mark Kolozsvary is one of the 26 players on the roster – made up of players who are not on a 40-man roster for a Major League Baseball team (former Reds Homer Bailey, Matt Kemp, Todd Frazier, and Tim Federowicz are also on Team USA).
Getting the start behind the plate and catching prospect Matthew Liberatore. In a 2-1 game in the top of the 4th inning Kolozsvary crushed a solo home run off of the batters eye to extend Team USA’s lead. He would finish the game 2-5 with the homer and a single in Team USA’s win.
Bye-bye, ball ?
— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) June 1, 2021
Jose Garcia is now Jose Barrero
This has been mentioned a few places, but we’re going to repeat it here in a specific minor league column, too. Jose Garcia, the top Reds shortstop prospect, has changed his name to Jose Barrero. Unfortunately his mother passed away and as a way to honor her he changed his last name to Barrero, which was her last name. And just as a check in for how he’s been performing, he’s hitting .300/.383/.586 with nine walks and 18 strikeouts in 81 plate appearances through 18 games for Double-A Chattanooga.
Nick Lodolo’s blister leads to early exit
On Sunday afternoon Nick Lodolo had to exit his start in the middle of facing a hitter to lead off the 5th inning. The lefty had thrown five pitches in the inning already, but on the 5th pitch he walked around the mound and took a look at his hand. Then he called for the trainer to come out. After some investigation of his pitching hand and a talk he was removed from the game. With the way that the protocols work in the minor leagues there isn’t daily access to the manager or players like there is via zoom before and after each game in the Major Leagues – so it takes time in order to get some information unlike in the past. But I was able to confirm on Monday that it was indeed a blister that led to the early exit for Lodolo from the game.