Hunter Greene’s 2022 season was punctuated by high speed and home runs

When Hunter Greene arrived in the big leagues last April, there was a lot of fanfare and legitimate excitement about his arrival as a promising flamethrower in the Cincinnati Reds’ starting rotation.

In fact, the general sentiment towards Greene was “Welcome to the big leagues.” Unfortunately for Greene, that same “Welcome to the big leagues” mantra also rang true among the hitters who’ve faced him so far this season.

Hunter Greene still looks like the real deal, but his development is going to take time – time that the Reds organization and its fans have to allocate to this young pitcher. Greene can throw and throw hard.

In his second outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Greene set a record by firing 39 shots over 100 mph on a total of 80 pitches in that game. Despite the loss to the Dodgers, Greene established his major league presence as one of the toughest pitchers to ever grace a big league mound.

Fast forward to May 15 when Greene pitched 7.1 innings of brilliant, no-hitter work against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and yet the Cincinnati Reds still found a way to drop that game.

Greene, however, cemented his role in the Reds’ rotation and showed baseball that he wasn’t just a fastball thrower, but started using his sliders to near perfection in this game. . In early June, Greene picked up a win in a rain-shortened game where he pitched a batter in the required seven innings while facing exactly 21 batters.

The biggest problem Hunter Greene now faces is the fact that he gave up 23 homers before the all-star break, which is now a record for rookie pitchers heading into the Midsummer Classic. With a combined 3-11 record, exactly one complete game, 5.78 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, Greene has struggled so far this season to fully put his talent into action as a pitcher. leaving.

Yes, he’s whipped up 113 batters so far this season versus 40 walks, but 82 hits and 23 batters in 90.1 total innings means opposing teams have taken down Greene’s fastball and sometimes made form of it. modified batting practice.

With all the expectations placed on highly touted rookies and especially with Hunter Greene’s laser beam arm, the Reds front office and Reds fans tend to put a lot of pressure on the backs of young ball players like Greene .

With time and more experience, as well as a better pitch-selection repertoire, Greene looks like a promising starting pitcher for the 2023 season and should be a solid long-term investment for the Cincinnati Reds.

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