Hunter Greene throws hard. You know it. I know it. Everyone in baseball knows it. Earlier this year he was seen reaching 105 MPH with his fastball while out in Goodyear in spring training. During the regular season he’s topped out at 104 MPH a few times. He’s routinely been sitting in the 99-102 MPH range for both Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this season. This past week he put together one of his best starts in the minor leagues as he allowed one hit in 6.1 innings, walked one batter, and he struck out 10. That landed him on the Baseball America Hot Sheet for his performance. It’s the note within that really turns some heads.
In that start (see the highlights above), Hunter Greene was clocked as throwing 37 fastballs at 100 MPH or higher. According to JJ Cooper of Baseball America that is the most 100+ MPH pitches we’ve ever been able to track in a single game during the pitch tracking era, which dates back to 2007. In the big leagues only Jacob deGrom has thrown 30 100 MPH pitches in a game. He did so on June 5th this season. It’s the only time it’s ever happened in Major League Baseball. Greene has done it three different times this season in the minors.
After beginning his season in Double-A with the Lookouts, Greene was promoted after seven starts with Chattanooga. He’s now made nine starts with Louisville in Triple-A. Between his two stops he’s thrown 85.2 innings on the season with a 2.84 ERA, 64 hits allowed, eight home runs allowed, walked 31 batters, and he’s struck out 120.
The draft picks are showing up
After quite a bit of a delay to get drafted players ramped up after many didn’t play for nearly two months between their season ending and the draft taking place, we’re starting to see a handful of players on the Arizona Complex League Reds roster and getting a little bit of playing time this past week. So far there has not been a pitcher from the Reds draft class pitch in a game. Here’s how the five position players have performed so far in their limited action.