CINCINNATI -- Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, has logged a mere 10 professional games and only three were on the mound. But that hasn't stopped talent evaluators from giving him a high ranking.MLB Pipeline, which is revealing its Top 10 prospects
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, has logged a mere 10 professional games and only three were on the mound. But that hasn't stopped talent evaluators from giving him a high ranking.
MLB Pipeline, which is revealing its Top 10 prospects at each position in the coming days, ranked Greene No. 8 among right-handed pitchers. The list is compiled with input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams.
The No. 1 pitcher on the list was Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, who was signed by the Angels in December.
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Greene, 18, was arguably the best Draft prospect in the country as a two-player player -- pitcher and shortstop -- for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Reds and Greene are focused on having him pitch exclusively, and his fastball can exceed 100 mph. Although he did appear in seven games as the designated hitter last season for Rookie-level Billings, he pitched in three games and posted a 12.46 ERA.
Greene, ranked as the club's No. 2 prospect, will move up to Class A Dayton at some point in 2018, but the Reds have not finalized that as they map out his workload for the upcoming season.
"Like we do with every individual player, we're going to create a plan to best manage the year," Reds senior director of player development Jeff Graupe told MLB.com on Thursday. "Hunter is coming off of a season where he had limited innings and pitches thrown. Just progressing him safely, but at a challenging level, will be the key for the 2018 season. We'll manage his timeline with what we think will be best for him, long term."
While Greene anticipates pitching in Dayton, his gaze is firmly fixed on the big league city one hour south -- Cincinnati and Great American Ball Park. An ETA to the Majors remains a murky prediction, but it's possible Greene would move up quickly through the system if he's healthy and performing well.
"I'm just trying to get there as quick as I can, perform the best that I can to help the team out and handle my business each year," Greene told MLB Network last week. "I don't want to be the same guy each year. I want to get better at some aspect of my game. That's what I'm trying to focus on, getting stronger during the offseason."
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.