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Hunter Greene to focus on pitching over hitting

July 24 2015: A Cincinnati Reds player's hat and glove sit on the Rockies third base during a regular season major league baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field in Denver, CO.
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Cincinnati Reds top prospect Hunter Greene, billed as a two-way player when the club originally drafted him, feels more comfortable on the mound than he does in the field or at the plate, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Reds notably selected Greene with the second overall pick of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft.

“There’s a different type of confidence when I’m at the mound, different than at the plate or shortstop,” said Greene. “Getting on the mound is a lot easier for me. I think getting on the mound is a lot more natural, too.”

Greene also feels that it’s a grind to play in the field everyday, and the fact that he is roommates with shortstop Jeter Downs helps him see that more clearly.

“Shortstop, playing every day, I’m not even playing every day. I’m not going to lie, it’s a grind,” said Greene. “Obviously, having Jeter as a roommate, he’s a shortstop, he doesn’t play every day, but he plays, three, four days in a row. It’s a lot on the body, it’s definitely hard.”

Greene appeared in seven games as a designated hitter in the Pioneer League, managing seven hits and three RBIs over 30 plate appearances. As a pitcher, the up-and-comer made three starts and allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work.

Greene’s pitching coach, Seth Etherton, loves his potential going forward as well.

“He’s never really lifted weights, he’s never really run before,” said Etherton. “Hos size and, he has so much room to grow as far as strength and the mental side of pitching, he’s very special.”

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