The Cincinnati Reds backfields in Goodyear were as crazy as this writer has ever seen them. On field four you had Major League Superstar-in-waiting Luis Castillo on the mound for the Triple-A Louisville Bats squad. On field five was Major Leaguer Brandon Finnegan, pitching for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Those guys, alone, would draw a crowd. But, on Tuesday is was the intrasquad game made up of some of the lower-level players that had perhaps the most interested crowd on hand. Hunter Greene would take the mound. That brought out all kinds of visitors, including Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who rolled up in his own golf cart to get an up close view.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to be in Goodyear, there’s some good news. The entire outing can be watched below.

In total, Hunter Greene threw 29 pitches between the two innings. He would hit a batter and allow a single over the two innings of work, while recording three strikeouts. It should have been four strikeouts on the day. The second to last pitch of the outing was somehow called a ball to Cash Case, and you can see Greene walk off of the mound after the pitch. He, like everyone except the umpire, seemed to think it was an easy strike three. Because it was. But, the only person that matters in that case is the one who missed it and Case grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning, and outing for Greene.

The quick scouting report on Hunter Greene for the day

The fastball was working 94-96 MPH in the first inning, touching a tick higher. In the second inning the velocity ramped up to 96-98 MPH and touched 99. At times there was some nice, late movement on the fastball. The change up and slider both were working in the mid 80’s. The slider looked good when it was on, but a few of them were not nearly as crisp. The curveball came in around 77-78 MPH on the day.

Past reports had some scouts not having a ton of faith in the slider, but what I saw today certainly disagrees with that notion. Yes, there were a few that weren’t as good as the others, but the pitch is there and it’s going to continue to get better and going to get more consistent, too. The change up showed well and has the makings of at least an average big league offering. The curveball will be interesting to see how it works out. It’s the lone pitch that’s working below the mid-80’s in his repertoire. It’s probably his 4th pitch in terms of quality, but it’s not a bad offering. Like the slider and change up, though, it could be more consistent. None of that is out of expectation for an 18-year-old pitcher, though. For his age, Greene looked quite advanced.