BILLINGS – There’s been one question on Billings Mustangs fans’ lips for the past week: When will 17-year-old phenom Hunter Greene make his professional debut?
Greene revealed the answer Sunday, and while it’s not one fans will like, it was always the most likely decision.
Greene said he’ll be limited to out-of-game bullpen work and light drills for a couple of weeks until he gets stretched out for game action. The right-handed pitcher hasn’t played in a game in nearly two and a half months after his high school season ended, so the Reds will bring their new $7.23-million man along carefully.
Greene, who has been clocked at 102 miles per hour, will start out as a pitcher but may also see some time as a designated hitter, as he played a lot of shortstop in high school.
The second overall pick can’t wait to experience his first action as a pro but he doesn’t want to rush the process.
“The thing I want to be is just the best that I can when I go out there and compete,” Greene said in a press conference after Sunday’s game in Billings. “I don’t want to regret anything thinking I could have thrown a couple more bullpens, or that I could have worked out a little better so I’m 100 percent.”
Greene noted that he is transitioning to playing every day compared to three days a week at the prep level.
“It’s a big difference, so I’ve got to be ready and have some good endurance and be ready to go out there and compete,” he said.