With the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB amateur draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected prep phenom Hunter Greene, a two-way star with a triple-digit fastball whose crazy potential landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April.
Greene, the latest prodigy to emerge from Notre Dame High in southern California, has evoked comparisons to Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Alex Rodriguez afield, flashing a 102-mph heater and average or betters tools across the board as a shortstop.
“He’s as unique a young man as I’ve ever seen,” Darrell Miller, MLB’s vice president of youth and facility development, told MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. “He’s always been a bit of an old soul – a throwback, if you will. He’s always loved the game, but the thing I’m most astounded with, a lot of guys have talent, his focus is different and his discipline, from what I’ve seen. That’s a tribute to who he is and his engine inside. That’s hard to find. That kind of inner drive and discipline, to do the right thing more often than not.”
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 205 lbs
School: Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
NCAA commit: UCLA
Pick value (#2): $7,193,200
MLB.com money quote: “Greene will regularly be 97-101 mph early in starts and then settle into sitting in the 95-98 mph range, and he does it without a ton of effort. He’ll throw two breaking balls, and they’ll run into each other occasionally, with some thinking he’ll focus on a slider in the future, with a chance for that secondary pitch to be at least Major League average.”