Hunter Greene Wins Major League Debut With Stunning Material – Press Enterprise



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By GEORGE HENRY

ATLANTA (AP) – Tricky Hunter Greene won his Major League debut on Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3.

Greene (1-0) lived up to his billing as a top prospect with overwhelming speed. He regularly hit 100 mph on the radar gun, peaking at 102 in the fourth and still hitting triple digits in his final inning. The Notre Dame Sherman Oaks righthander gave up three runs, four hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings.

The Reds took a 5-0 lead in the third. Jonathan India walked and scored from first base when Tyler Naquin doubled into the corner of rightfield. Braves-starter Ian Anderson (0-1) loaded the bases on a pair of walks, giving up two more runs on a force out and Colin Moran’s single. Sean Newcomb then gave up a two-run single to Kyle Farmer.

Tyler Stephenson made it 6-1 in the fifth with a homerun off Newcomb.

Greene, at 22 years and 247 days, became the youngest starting pitcher to make his debut for Cincinnati since Mike Leake went without a decision against the Chicago Cubs on April 11, 2010.

Greene, the second overall draft pick in 2017, is the Reds’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline and No. 2 according to Baseball America. He missed the 2019 season, recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Matt Olson blew a 100mph fastball in the first for Greene’s first career strikeout, but Olson singled off a 102mph fastball to start the fourth for Atlanta’s first hit. After Austin Riley doubled, Olson scored on the sacrifice fly by Marcell Ozuna to make it 5-1.

Travis d’Arnaud and Olson homered in the fifth off Greene to narrow the lead to 6-3. It marked Olson’s first homer since he replaced Freddie Freeman as the daily first baseman for the Braves after he was traded from Oakland and signed an eight-year $168 million contract.

Anderson, who made his first start since pitching five hitless innings to win Game 3 of the World Series, gave up a career-high five runs, five walks and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Luis Cessa threw 1 2/3 innings in relief, Tony Santillan retired the side and Art Warren worked the ninth for Cincinnati. Manager David Bell brought in Santillan, who earned his first save on Thursday, in the seventh to meet Eddie Rosario with a runner on first base and the Reds leading three runs with Olson, who went 3 for 4 on deck.

Rosario showed up to end the threat. Warren earned his first save by facing the minimum.

Greene reached 100 mph with 20 pitches, finishing eighth among starting pitchers in every game since pitch tracking began in 2008. He was behind only Jacob deGrom (33 and 28), Nathan Eovaldi (28), Yordano Ventura (26 ), Noah Syndergaard (24 and 21) and James Paxton (24) and Sandy Alcántara equal.

Greene’s next start is likely on April 16 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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