No. 2 overall Draft selection slated to DH Tuesday, pitch for first time on Aug. 27
By Oliver Macklin
The highly anticipated professional debut of Reds two-way prospect Hunter Greene is nearly here.
Greene, the Reds' first selection (No. 2 overall) in the 2017 Draft and No. 2-ranked prospect, is slated to serve as the designated hitter for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League for Tuesday's game versus the Idaho Falls Chukars, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo confirmed on Monday. The news was first reported by Scott Breen of Montanasports.com.
Drafted as a right-handed pitcher out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Greene, ranked No. 21 on the Top 100 Prospects list, received a record $7.23 million signing bonus on July 7. While Greene projects to be a pitcher in the long-term, the Reds plan to have him split time at DH and shortstop until his pitching debut scheduled for Aug. 27.
Greene, who turned 18 on Sunday, is one of the most intriguing prospects in recent memory because of his skills both at the plate and on the mound. He has reportedly been clocked on the radar gun over 100 mph with his fastball and was a career .337 hitter throughout four high school seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Greene has been taking batting practice with the Mustangs and told Breen he's been ramping up his throwing in bullpen sessions.
First pitch for his professional debut on Tuesday is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. ET (7:05 local time) at Dehler Park in Billings, Mont. His pitching debut is also a home contest set to begin at 6:05 p.m. ET on the 27th.
"Not just being limited to pitching, but also being able to hit and contribute to the team is also pretty cool," Greene told Montanasports.com.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.