Hunter Greene appears to be bidding farewell to the city of Chattanooga. Does that mean the Cincinnati Reds top right-handed pitching prospect is headed to Triple-A Louisville? In Greene’s latest Twitter post, Greene thanked the fans in Chattanooga and the place where he was living during his time with the Lookouts.
This isn’t really a surprise, and it’s a good bet that fellow top pitching prospect Nick Lodolo isn’t far behind. Both Greene and Lodolo have shown that they can handle opposing hitters at Double-A. It’s time for both pitchers to take the next step.
Hunter Greene may make his Reds debut sooner than we think.
Is Hunter Greene making his way to Triple-A Louisville? All signs point to yes. In the past few weeks, Vladimir Gutierrez, and now Tony Santillan have left Louisville in the rear view mirror and both are on the Cincinnati Reds active roster. Santillan will make his MLB debut this afternoon versus the Colorado Rockies.
It only makes sense that Greene would supplant Santillan in the Louisville Bats’ starting rotation. Currently, the Bats are running out Braden Shipley, Riley O’Brien, Reiver Sanmartin, Bo Takahashi, and Michael Mariot as their starting rotation.
Greene could easily replace Shipley or Mariot in the Bats’ rotation, and if Lodolo receives the same treatment as Greene, Cincinnati’s top left-handed prospect could find his way to Louisville very soon as well.
Greene has been dominant at Double-A Chattanooga. In his seven starts, the flame-throwing right-hander has tossed 41 innings, struck out 60 batters, and had an ERA of 1.98. Lodolo, in his six starts, owns a 0.90 ERA and has 45 punch outs in 30 innings of work.
Reds fans have been clamoring to see Hunter Greene make his major league debut this season. While that seems like a long shot, the fact that Greene is likely moving up to Triple-A after only seven starts speaks volumes to how well he’s progressing.
Greene has stated that he knows his fastball plays at the major league level, and his focus over the offseason and during the season has been to improve on his off-speed repertoire. Greene might find his way onto the Cincinnati Reds roster this September or the right-hander could be called upon to help shore up the National League’s worst bullpen.