2. Hunter Greene, Reds starting pitcher
Hunter Greene could easily be ranked No. 1 on this list. While Andrew Abbott pitcher very well in 2023, and Connor Phillips has the type of stuff that makes most GMs drool, there's no denying the raw ability of Greene.
Too many fans want to point out Greene's flaws without looking at his successes. Yes, Greene gave up too many home runs last season. Part of that is a product of pitching at Great American Ball Park.
According to Baseball Savant, if Greene pitched at Fenway Park or Dodger Stadium, he'd have give up less than a dozen homers. On the flip side, if all of Greene's games took place at GABP, the number of gopher balls he gave up would have jumped from 19 to 25.
There are others who want to call Greene a "thrower" and not a "pitcher". That narrative has grown tiresome. Yes, he throws hard; so do a lot of other pitchers. The difference is that Greene needs to get more vertical movement on his fastball.
The biggest bugaboo for Greene, however, is his lack of a third offering. The right-hander has slowly been working in a changeup over the past couple of seasons. Currently, Greene turns to his offspeed pitch about 5-percent of the time. That's obviously something he'll need to work on moving forward.
The Cincinnati Reds inked Hunter Greene to a six-year contract extension this past season, so there's definitely belief within the organization that he can reach the lofty expectations that come with being a first-round pick. Remember, Greene is just 24 years old and is entering the prime of his major league career.