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Why The Twins Should Go Greene

Why The Twins Should Go Greene Keith J. Semmelink via


Hunter Greene could be wearing a Twins jersey come draft day

With the first pick in the 2017 draft, all eyes will be on the Minnesota Twins. The last time the Twins picked first, they chose Joe Mauer. Hunter Greene could be their 3rd first overall pick in franchise history. Greene is a 6’3″ 195 pound high-school RHP/SS  who throws a fastball that tops out at 97MPH. The right-hander is committed to UCLA, but is considered the best prospect available for the draft.

While Greene has a power repertoire that includes a slider and a change-up to go with his powerful fastball. Many highschoolers that have a high 90’s fastball tend to struggle when it comes to filling up the strike zone, and sometimes they need refining at the college level. Greene does a good job with getting ahead in the count and throwing strikes with his fastball. Greene’s slider is considered a plus pitch that constantly keeps hitters off-balance and generates lots of weak contact to help keep hitters confused. While he does feature a change-up, and has shown a feel for it at times, it is easily his 3rd best pitch and is not as effective as his other two.

While many believe that Greene could be a first round pick at shortstop, he is also seen as a top of the rotation arm and should go in the top five as a pitcher. A very athletic player, he is able to repeat his delivery with ease allowing him to fill the strike zone. While his change-up needs a little more work, his athleticism will allow him to potentially have it as another plus pitch that will allow him to keep hitters off-balance at the next level.

The Twins would be smart to draft Hunter first overall. He fits their profile of power pitchers that they have recently been drafting. Greene could also fit on the other side of the ball should he struggle with the professional ranks as a pitcher.