After watching Greene allow just one run and strike out 14 Twins hitters, Plesac said Greene has, "more upside than any pitcher, 25-and-younger, in the game of baseball."
Plesac was effusive in his praise for Greene, and why shouldn't he be. Despite an ERA over 4.00, Greene continues to flash that potential that saw him go No. 2 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft.
MLB Network analyst has extremely high praise for Reds pitcher Hunter Greene.
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen, for the first time in a long time, let the team down on Wednesday afternoon. After leading 3-1 heading into the eighth inning, the Reds relief corps allowed four runs to cross the plate over the final two innings and delivered a crushing blow to Cincinnati's playoff hopes.
But prior to the team's collapse, Hunter Greene was on point. Greene went seven innings, struck out 14 batters, walked just one, and allowed only one run on three hits. That lone run came off a solo shot courtesy of Willi Castro in the seventh inning.
This is the third straight game in which Hunter Greene has been nearly unhittable. Since returning from the COVID-19-related injured list, Greene has gone 18.2 innings and struck out 29 batters while owning a 1.93 ERA and 2.67 FIP. Opponents are hitting just .127 off Greene during that span.
When Dan Plesac refers to Hunter Greene as, "the most talented young pitcher, 25-and-younger, in the game of baseball," that's quite the compliment. That list would include Atlanta Braves' hurler Spencer Strider, George Kirby of the Seattle Mariners, and Jesús Luzardo of the Miami Marlins.
Greene set career-high in strikeouts on Wednesday, and will likely get two more bites at the apple over the next eight games. Cincinnati appears to be head toward a four-man rotation to close out the 2023 season.
Currently, the Cincinnati Reds are just one game back in the chase for the final NL Wild Card spot. Manager David Bell is going to need another top-notch performance from his ace in order to sneak in to the playoffs.