Today is the day that we get to see the Major League debut of Hunter Greene. From the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 draft, through Tommy John surgery and missing two full seasons, to making his debut at age 22. He’ll take the mound this afternoon with the first pitch set for 1:35pm ET in Atlanta.
Here’s the lineup for Sunday’s contest:
|Jonathan India – 2B||Eddie Rosario – RF|
|Tyler Naquin – DH||Matt Olson – 1B|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Austin Riley – 3B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Marcell Ozuna – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Ozzie Albies – 2B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Adam Duvall – CF|
|Colin Moran – 3B||Alex Dickerson – DH|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Travis d’Arnaud – C|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Dansby Swanson – SS|
|Hunter Greene – SP||Ian Anderson – SP|
Stats are from 2021.
|Hunter Greene (MiLB)||106.1||3.30||1.18||8.9%||31.7%|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Ian Anderson’s Stats
You never quite know what you’re going to get in a big league debut from a pitcher. The adrenaline is pumping a bit more than usual, the nerves are probably there a bit more than usual, and it’s just different having to face big league hitters. Greene has all of the stuff needed. We’ll have to wait and see if he can execute it tonight.
Last season in the minors he was better against right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters, but he did find success against both. Lefties did show off a bit of power against him, hitting seven homers against him in 164 trips to the plate. Greene’s focus on the change up in the offseason and more confidence in throwing it could make a difference in that particular split as it wasn’t a pitch he utilized quite as often in the minors as he seemed to in his limited action this spring.
2021 Splits (In AA and AAA)
We don’t have a breakdown for Hunter Greene since he was in the minors last season and they don’t have the detailed information for the public like we get in the big leagues. With that said he’ll work with a fastball that averaged 100 MPH last year, a cutter in the low 90’s, a slider in the 87-91 MPH range, and a change up in the same range as the slider.
When Ian Anderson was on the mound last season he was quite good. He made 24 starts and posted a 3.58 ERA for Atlanta in 2021. He was better against lefties than righties – showing reverse splits, though he was good against both.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
When and Where
- Game time: 1:35pm ET
- Where: Truist Park, Atlanta
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 65°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tommy Pham’s streak
Joel Luckhaupt had a fun note this morning on Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham does not have a hit yet, but has still reached safely in each of his first 3 games as a Red. That's the longest streak for reaching safely without a hit start a Reds career since at least 1901.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 10, 2022
The Reds aren’t the Pirates, but…..
There’s been tons of discussion, well for a long time but even more so recently with what’s been happening, about just how much money the Cincinnati Reds have or don’t have. Up the river in Pittsburgh the Pittsburgh Gazette wrote about how the Pirates payroll has basically been covered by ticket sales and concession stands revenue for the last decade plus. That’s before they bring in any other revenues, such as those from multimedia partners and revenue sharing which are almost always the biggest chunk of the team revenue.
Around the Beat
Hunter Greene’s debut is years in the making
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Hunter Greene a little bit, but much of the focus in the piece was actually about how the Reds have changed how they’ve gone about developing pitching over the last handful of years.
What to expect from Hunter Greene
Jonathan Mayo, one of MLB.com’s prospect writers, looks at what to expect from Hunter Greene as he gets set to make his big league debut.