For the second consecutive year, the Cincinnati Reds owned the 2nd overall pick in the MLB Draft. On the heels of drafting University of Tennessee slugger Nick Senzel in 2016, all signs pointed to the Reds selecting Hunter Greene, the two-way star out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
On Monday night, the Reds gave fistbumps to the draft prognosticators, when they actually did select Greene with the #2 pick in the draft despite University of Louisville LHP/1B throwing a few wrinkles into the process along the way.
The 6 foot 4, 210 pound righty has touched 102 mph on the radar gun with his fastball, but he’s also a top flight shortstop prospect who comes with plus power at the plate. In other words, the Reds will get the welcome problem of charting his career path either as a pitcher or position player - or both, if we’re so lucky.
Just 17 years old - he’ll turn 18 in August - he’s a product of the same school that produced former big league pitcher Jack McDowell, Giancarlo Stanton, and former Cincinnati Red Chris Dickerson. If he sticks as a pitcher, he’ll be the first high school pitcher selected by the Reds in the first round since Nick Travieso went 14th overall in the 2012 Draft; if he sticks as a position player, he’ll be the first since Cincinnati plucked Tyler Stephenson 10th overall in 2015.
Regardless of which route he takes, he’ll still likely sit right next to Senzel atop the Reds’ prospect lists for the near future, as he’s one of the most touted and hyped high school products since Bryce Harper, assuming he signs.
Here’s to the future.