With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.Name: Hunter GreenePosition: RHP/SSSchool: Notre Dame (Calif.) HSRank on Draft Top 200: 1DOB: 08/06/1999Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6'3" Weight: 195 lbs.College commitment: UCLA:: 2017 MLB
With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.
Name: Hunter Greene
School: Notre Dame (Calif.) HS
Rank on Draft Top 200: 1
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6'3" Weight: 195 lbs.
College commitment: UCLA
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Hunter Greene has first round talent both as a shortstop and as a pitcher, although his future is on the mound. The 17-year-old made headlines early this year when he hit 102 mph with his fastball in a start, although he typically sits in the mid-to-upper 90s. Greene's arsenal also features a slider and a changeup that he doesn't use frequently, but is above-average. Greene also has good control, rarely issuing free passes. Since Greene is also a shortstop, he has tremendous athleticism, something that will help him in the future, both as he learns to repeat a delivery and in fielding his position. Greene is still very young, but has a tremendous work ethic and, despite all the hype and attention he has garnered, is aware that he still has plenty to learn.
MLB comp: From a stuff standpoint, he compares favorably to Gerrit Cole.
Fun fact: When Greene isn't on the field, he is an avid artist, an A student in his AP art class. Greene enjoys the creativity and freedom of expression that a blank canvas offers.
He said it: "Obviously I don't focus on lighting up the gun and doing all this crazy stuff, but being able to go out there effortlessly and hitting triple digits, I'm excited to see what I can do when I get under professional tutelage."
They said it: "The thing he's able to do is continue to improve. I really think that's what sets him apart. If you tracked him from freshman year to senior year and watched his growth in every area, it's steady in every area.'"
-- Notre Dame High School coach Tom Dill
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