The long awaited debut of Cincinnati Reds #2 overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft is almost upon us. Of course, it’s going to be different than many imagined it would be when the Reds selected Hunter Greene on draft night. The team picked the then 17-year-old as a right handed pitcher, which everyone believed was and is his best position on the field. Most teams rated him as a first round shortstop as well, but nowhere near the same level of a prospect as he was a pitcher.
He signed on the last day possible, July 7th, and has spent the last month getting back into things on the field. He’s been traveling with the Billings Mustangs for weeks now, preparing with them both as a hitter and as a pitcher – throwing bullpen sessions on the side and taking batting practice with the team. Tomorrow night at home in Billings, Greene will finally debut. He is scheduled to start as the teams designated hitter.
The team is not going to let him play in the field at shortstop, but he will serve as the teams designated hitter at times. The now 18-year-old (his birthday was yesterday) will take the mound, according to the article linked above on August 27th. That’s the final Sunday of the month and a home game against Helena. Assuming that he’ll pitch every five days, that’s only going to leave him with three appearances on the season as a pitcher unless Billings makes the playoffs. His second appearance, assuming a 5-day schedule, would be on the road against Missoula on Friday September 1st. The final one would come at home, also against Helena on Wednesday September 6th.
The Mustangs did not qualify for the playoffs in the first half, finishing half-a-game out of a playoff spot. The second half is only 5-games in, but they are currently in first place by a game.