If you are here at RedsMinorLeagues.com then you are probably aware of the fact that Hunter Greene was shut down late last July with a torn UCL. You have probably also read that instead of having Tommy John surgery he opted to go the rehab route. It’s one that pitchers Michael Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani have both had success with for the Reds in recent years. He noted at the end of October that he was 100% and feeling great. Greene began throwing in Goodyear on rehab back in early December. He’s been in Goodyear most of the offseason, getting prepared for the 2019 season. He spoke with MLB Pipeline a bit on Thursday about his rehab, and goals for 2019.
There are a few things in thereto talk about. First is that he noted the plan was to get to 120.0 innings this season. That’s a fairly big jump up from the 68.1 that he threw in the 2018 season. He also noted that his goal was to reach Double-A this upcoming season. While he doesn’t know where he will begin the year, assuming he’s healthy, I’d be shocked if he started anywhere but in Daytona. That would put him in line with a call up to Double-A during the year with good performance. Whether that would be at the mid-season point, or later in the year – who knows? But that’s been how the Reds have traditionally done things with some of their top prospects who were getting it done in Daytona.
Hunter Greene also mentioned that he’ll be throwing his sixth bullpen session tomorrow – which would be today, Friday the 22nd. Greene is not in big league camp with the Reds. Minor League pitchers and catchers don’t report, or at least aren’t required to report until February 28th. Some players are already in Goodyear, though. The Reds highly-touted right-handed pitcher is getting a head start and preparing to get going when the year begins.
Reds have a Top 10 Farm System
MLB Pipeline has been unveiling their Farm System Top 30 rankings. The National League Central saw their day come up yesterday, but the Cincinnati Reds weren’t listed. The reason is that a team that ranks inside the Top 10 farm systems in baseball will come out between February 26th and March 1st. The Reds were the only team in the division to not be listed – so the other four teams are outside of the Top 10 farm systems in baseball.