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Hunter Greene: Baseball’s Next Top Phenom

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He can hit 102 on the gun, and dingers up to 450 feet out of major league parks.

No high school baseball player has had this much hype since Bryce Harper seven years ago.

And as Bill Belichick would say, he’s on to Cincinnati.

Taken as the second pick in last week’s MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds, Hunter Greene is on his way to stardom. He doesn’t turn 18 until August 6, and with his ridiculous skillset, people are calling him the greatest MLB prospect ever.

Featured on Sports Illustrated’s May 1 cover, Greene was labeled as the star baseball needs. To say there’s excitement in the air about this kid would be quite an understatement.

Selected as a right-handed pitcher in the draft, Greene stands 6’3” and weighs 195 pounds. His other position is shortstop. And after playing four years of varsity ball at Notre Dame High School, he’s committed to attend UCLA.

As a freshman at NDHS, Greene hit just .122 (6 for 49) at the plate. But over his final three years, it more than tripled to .375 (104 for 277) while he slugged .646.

This past season, Greene finished his NDHS career with personal bests in home runs (six), RBIs (28), and runs scored (23). He also hit .324 at the dish. Not quite the .406 mark the previous two years, but impressive nonetheless!

On the bump is another area that saw Greene excel his senior season. In 28 innings, he recorded just four walks while punching out 43. Per seven innings, that’s one walk and 10.75 strikeouts. During his first three years those marks were 2.025 and 7.65, respectively. More strikeouts, less walks—excellent sign!

Each year for Greene saw a decrease in his ERA (3.50, 1.77, 1.63, 0.75). His WHIP also got much better throughout high school, going from 1.25 in his first two seasons to 0.78 his final pair.

Aside from high school, in 2015, Greene participated on Team USA in the 18U (18 and under) Baseball World Cup as the Americans clinched their third consecutive championship in the tournament that summer.

Additionally, a Baseball America article mentions that Greene started training at MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in 2007. Among those who coached him at the academy were Aaron Hicks and Anthony Gose.

The sky’s the limit for Greene as his early resume speaks for itself. There’s no telling what type of numbers he’ll put up when he makes it to the big show, but it’ll be interesting to find out. He’s the real deal—an electric presence at the plate as well as the mound.

In the SI article previously linked, it’s noted about Greene: “Several scouts agree that he is the best two-way amateur prospect they have ever seen, a first-round pick as a pitcher and a shortstop, with comps to Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Alex Rodriguez in the field.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, ESPN notes that Greene’s favorite player was Rafael Furcal who played for the Dodgers from 2006-2011.

So there you go, a little bit more about the prodigy known as Hunter Greene. Baseball’s second pick in 2017. Many anticipated he would go number one, but the Minnesota Twins took shortstop Royce Lewis instead. Nothing bad about two though—and nothing left but to see what Greene’s path to the majors will be like!

A Massachusetts native for life, Seth was born into the love for Boston Sports. He played baseball for eight years growing up and has always been an avid fan of MLB. Other than writing, some of his hobbies include biking, landscaping, dancing, moving furniture, playing basketball, and going to the batting cages. Seth aspires one day to be a PA announcer in the NBA.

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Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture

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The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.

The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”

“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

 

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Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

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The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Montgomery,who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, passed away at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Phillies staff back in 1971 and late became a minority owner in 1981.

Montgomery served as Phillies’ chairman since 2015 when he returned from a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Montgomery also served as team president, among many other roles, during his nearly five-decade tenure with the Phillies organization, leaving an iconic and memorable impression on the entire organization.

During that time, the Phillies won five National League pennants and two World Series titles, the most recent coming back in 2008.

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Orioles’ Flagship Radio Station Apologizes for Publicizing Rumor that Team Might Move to Las Vegas

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The Baltimore Orioles have issued an apology for the on-air comments made during a broadcast of their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan.

During a show this past Saturday on the station, Baltimore sports host Bruce Cunningham brought guest Benjamin Neil, a local lawyer, which turned into a discussion regarding Neil’s comments that an anonymous buyer had put a $3 billion bid on the table for the Orioles and that this mystery person planned on moving the team to Las Vegas, which you can listen to right here.

Naturally, this sent the fanbase into a panic and 105.7 The Fan Director of Sports Programming Chuck Sapienza issued the following apology, while dismissing the report as a baseless rumor, on Twitter.

The rumor was believable considering just how terrible the Orioles have been in recent years, and how their only marketable star during the past decade, Manny Machado, was eventually traded in yet another rebuild.

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