3 options to replace Hunter Greene if the Reds flamethrower misses his next start

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) throws a pitch. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. If Reds RHP Hunter Greene misses his next start, Levi Stoudt could replace him.

This may be the best option the Cincinnati Reds have if Hunter Greene is going to miss more than one start. Levi Stoudt, who also came over from the Seattle Mariners last season, had a great spring until his final start in the Cactus League.

Stoudt has started three games at Triple-A Louisville so far this season and has 10 strikeouts in 11 inning pitched. Unfortunately, just like Brandon Williamson, Stoudt has nine walks as well.

A deeper dive into the three starts will show that Stoud really only had one bad game (April 12th at Toledo) where he allowed four runs on five hits including two gopher balls. Stoudt logged 8.1 innings in his previous two starts and allowed just one earned run.

That said, Stoudt has walked three batters in each of his three starts. Stoudt's xFIP, according to FanGraphs, is 6.58 and his FIP is 8.05. Those don't exactly scream major leaguer. In fact, it outlines the need for Stoudt to stay in the minors a bit longer.

Levi Stoudt does a better job of locating his pitches than Brandon Williamson, but he right-hander is currently sitting on a BB/9 of 7.36 and a walk-rate of 18.0-percent. His K/BB-rate is 2.0.

The hope, of course, is that Hunter Greene's injury doesn't linger and that the flamethrower can return to the bump for his next start. However, if he's no ready to go, the Cincinnati Reds will need to make a decision.

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