Touted Greene part of second round of cuts

Touted Greene part of second round of cuts

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Blue Jays made their second round of cuts Thursday morning, as top pitching prospect Conner Greene and right-hander Wil Browning were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Greene's time at big league camp didn't last long, but he still made a strong impression and remains a big part of Toronto's long-term plans. He consistently hit upper 90s velocity with his fastball, and he didn't allow a run in his two innings of work this spring.

The 20-year-old Greene is ranked as Toronto's No. 2 prospect by MLBPipeline.com and is expected to begin the season at Double-A New Hampshire. By sending him to Minor League camp, the club can prepare him as a starter instead of seeing the promising righty fight for innings on the big league side of Spring Training.

"With an arm like that, [Greene's] shown he can pitch," manager John Gibbons said a day before Greene was sent down. "He'll control that. If he's really good, I'm sure they'll bump him [up a level]. If not, we'll wait until he's good and ready.

"But I've been very impressed. I heard a lot of things about him. I had never seen him pitch before he got here. He's got a great arm. That's pretty obvious. And he looks like he knows what he's doing, too. He's not just heaving it, you know?"

Third time not the charm
Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison turned in his third outing of the spring (second start) in Thursday afternoon's 11-4 win over the Yankees, and for the most part, he looked pretty good. But there were some issues in his third and final inning of work. Hutchison allowed a one-out double to the gap off the bat of Dustin Fowler and compounded his issues with a free pass to Pete Kozma.

Hutchison strikes out Rodriguez

The Yankees took advantage of that situation later in the inning when Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single to left. Michael Saunders then made a throwing error to third, which set up another run that would score on a grounder by Alex Rodriguez. In the end, Hutchison allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks.

With the exception of the double by Fowler, there wasn't a lot of hard contact, but the two free passes were something in particular that Hutchison expressed regret about following the 2 2/3-inning outing.

"I feel like I'm in a good place," Hutchison said. "I thought I threw the ball really well today, I thought I was real crisp the first two innings. The only thing that wasn't positive was the walk there in the third, but I thought I made good pitches and commanded my sinker real well today."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.