Watch Reds Prospect Hunter Greene Throw Gas At The Futures Game

Nothing gets the modern baseball fan rock hard quite like velocity.

To clarify I’m talking elite, upper tier velocity here, not that weak stuff in the 90s. It seems like everyone in the league can hit 95-99 these days, so it’s no longer a special thing. But 101 mph and up? That kind of stuff will get people’s attention — look no further than Jordan Hicks hitting 105 mph twice back in May. Baseball Twitter exploded that day and some of those pitches weren’t even close to the strike zone.

There was another showcase in velocity Sunday at the MLB Futures Game, where Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene reared back and threw 19 pitches over 100 mph:

Hunter Greene, the @Reds' top pitching prospect, was bringing the 🔥 in the #Futures game:
Fastballs thrown: 19
Fastballs over 100 MPH: 19
Watch live: https://t.co/oIijGGoWrr pic.twitter.com/07XBRFWvEI

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 15, 2018

Greene, 18, was able to get as high as 103 mph without his elbow exploding, which is pretty damn impressive:

Reds Prospect, Hunter Greene, gassing it at 102 MPH at the Futures All-Star Game 🔥 pic.twitter.com/g1FVCzWF5i

— The RedsZone (@RedLegsZone) July 15, 2018

But while all that velo is fun to fawn over, Greene was touched up a bit as he allowed a two-run home run on a pitch he threw at 102:

Hunter Greene (#Reds) can bring the heat: 102.
But Luis Basabe (#WhiteSox) can turn it around: 105. pic.twitter.com/utzlOt0fpQ

— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) July 15, 2018

Greene owns a 4.69 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 63 innings at Class A this season. Baseball America lists him as the Reds’ No. 2 prospect behind third baseman Nick Senzel.

Fear not, Cinci fans… you’ll have some good ones to cheer for in a couple years. Joey Votto will probably be washed by then, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

So. Much. Heat.

Hunter Greene threw 19 fastballs in his Futures Game outing today.

He hit 103.1 mph
He averaged 101.3 mph
His slowest heater was 100.0 mph
He got a whiff at 102.4 mph
He got a strikeout at 100.1 mph
And he gave up a HR at 102.3 mph pic.twitter.com/YEqp0hNgaH

— David Adler (@_dadler) July 15, 2018