One of the top prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Hunter Greene, is staying sharp during the delayed start to the 2020 season.
One of the most exciting young prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization is staying sharp during the delayed start to the baseball season. The coronavirus pandemic may have halted baseball for the moment, but Reds pitcher Hunter Greene is making sure that his ascent to the big leagues will not be impacted.
Greene posted a video to Twitter of the right-hander peppering the plate with fastballs. This is extremely encouraging as Greene was placed on the injured list near the end of the 2018 season with a sprained UCL ligament in his right arm.
Greene and the Reds had initially decided to avoid surgery and attempt to heal the youngster’s right elbow through rehabilitation alone. Unfortunately, Greene suffered a setback a little over a year ago and required Tommy John surgery. The 20-year-old was forced to miss the entire 2019 season.
Greene began throwing again last September and was expected to begin pitching in the minors again this season. However, the recent pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season and it seems very unlikely that we’ll minor league baseball at all this season.
But, that hasn’t kept t Hunter Greene from staying ready. Though there’s no radar gun in his backyard, Green seems to be getting the ball to the plate pretty quickly. Before his surgery, Greene was routinely topping 100-MPH with his fastball.
While taxi squads have been discussed as possible additions to the 2020 season as part of an expanded roster due to what will undoubtedly be a shorten-season, Greene will not be a part of it. The youngster has yet to pitch above Single-A. While he has an incredibly high ceiling, there’s no way we’ll see Greene on a major league field this season.
However, depending on his rehab and how he progresses over the next several months, it’s very possible that we could see Hunter Greene in major-league camp with the Cincinnati Reds next spring in Goodyear, Arizona.