The Cincinnati Reds in 2022 haven’t exactly been all that great. They have been one of the worst teams in baseball but to their credit, have played much better ball of late. While the team hasn’t had many bright spots during the season so far, young pitcher Hunter Greene has certainly been one. The former second overall pick has had both strong and poor starts but that is to be expected from a first timer in the big leagues.
He has started in 11 games so far in his big-league career, but his most recent start last night was something to behold. He pitched against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park and was simply remarkable. He went seven innings and only allowed one hit, which was a bunt hit in the first inning. He also struck out eight batters and had control over his pitches all game long. It was easily the best start of his career and something that he can build off of going forward.
If that's it for Hunter Greene, and it likely is, it's one of the best pitching performances that I've seen.
Seven innings. A leadoff bunt single was the only runner to reach base. No hard contact at all.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 7, 2022
The 22-year-old didn’t allow a walk against the snakes either. That type of pose and control from such a young pitcher is something that the league hasn’t seen in a long time and something that Reds fans should be tuning in for every time out. While he has had his share of bad outings this season, his potential and skill certainly outweighs any negatives.
His velocity is one of his strengths and has been throughout his career so far. He is more than capable of hitting triple digits on the radar gun with consistency and yet, didn’t throw any pitchers over that rate during his outing against Arizona. He seemed to learn how to control pitches and confuse hitters as the game went on. Not to say that his fastball wasn’t a force, as the Diamondbacks whiffed on 12 of the 25 swings against it. His fastball has been one of the biggest advantages for him all season and that trend continued.
Part of a young pitchers’ career is that they will get roughed up here and there. It’s ust a way for them to learn and adjust to the pure speed and talent within the major leagues. Greene has shown that he belongs in the major leagues and should only get better. He has the skillset to become one of the best pitchers in the game and will likely be the ace of the Reds for the foreseeable future.