Prospect Countdown #11 : Hunter Green

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #11 : Left-Handed Pitcher, Hunter Green (photo : Judy Green)

Hunter Green, Left-Handed Pitcher

HT : 6'4
WT : 175
DOB : July 12, 1995 (20), Bowling Green, Kentucky
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : Warren East High School (Bowling Green, KY)
Acquired : Drafted in 2nd Round of 2013 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #13


When speaking of Hunter Green, you must also bring up Greg and Judy, a.k.a., "Mom" and "Dad." This Kentucky boy took the state by storm in his high school days, and the Los Angeles Angels jumped at the opportunity to take him with their first pick in 2013. Though injuries have limited Green's career to under 20 innings on the mound, the stuff is still enough to keep him as a top player, along with another plus in his book, youth.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Before we delve into a scouting report, most of these notes are older as Green hasn't thrown a pitch in a competitive game since 2013. He lost his first season due to a back injury, and lost this past season with a stress fracture in his elbow. He was able to put time on the mound during instructs though and showed a bit of what he already possessed.

Green holds one of the better fastballs in the Angels' farm system from the left-side, ranging anywhere from 90-92, touching 93 at times. It has some good running action to it and he gets behind it well, giving it a downhill plane. During instructs, he was 89-92, and if he's moved to limited time, you could see that jump to 93-94 commonly.

Another form of added velocity could come in the form of physical development. He was drafted around 170-180 pounds, and added 15 before season's end, looking to add an extra 10 on top of that. The injuries would have limited his time gaining muscle, but there's plenty of physical growth to be done naturally, as well as time in the gym now that he's healthy.

Green has a nice off-speed offering in his curve, as well as a developing changeup. His curve is hard and heavy, with a harsh and sharp break to it. He is comfortable throwing this pitch in any count, and has a good feel for it, making it a plus pitch. His changeup is something he learned to throw often during his short professional stints. He lived in throwing his changeup, using it in long toss and on flat ground to develop it more. He changed the grip on his changeup to a two-seam grip, helping give it arm-side run, making him more effective against hitters on both sides of the plate.

There were multiple concerns when Green was drafted, and it was his control and inconsistent delivery. He throws from a three-quarter arm slot with good balance, but sometimes when driving, does a little too much, leaking his front side and not allowing him to stay back over the rubber. This is common for teen pitchers, and something expected. He'll need to refine his mechanics to gain full command of his pitches, which will improve his control.

The biggest perk to Green is that he's still only 20-years-old without much time on a professional mound. He's nearly just a year older than most of the prep players taken in last year's draft, and there's plenty of time to refine his game. As he grows, his frame will get broader, he'll get experience, and he'll be able to refine his delivery.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

At Warren East, Green was a multiple threat for four years. He hit .337/.453/.608 with 102 runs scored in 114 games, along with 76 RBI, 20 doubles, nine triples, 15 home runs and 36 stolen bases. In his senior year, he hit .375/.559/.833 with seven home runs and 17 stolen bases.

On the mound, Green held a 1.56 ERA and 1.273 WHIP in 143.2 innings pitched, holding bats to a .129 average. Green allowed just one run in 51.2 innings pitched his senior year, while striking out 110, while holding bats to a .096 average. Green struck out 44.7% of the batters over his prep career, including back-to-back 100 strikeout years between his junior and senior campaigns, averaging 19.5 strikeouts per nine.

Due to a pair of injuries, Green has been limited to just 16.2 innings since being drafted, all of which came in 2013. During his professional career, Green allowed eight runs in 16.2 innings, on 16 hits and 16 walks, while striking out 11. The walks an inexperience boosted Green's numbers to a 4.50 ERA, but he was able to hold bats to a .254 average, .111 for left-handed hitters.

EXPECTED FUTURE:

Sources to Scout.com recently noted that Green was not seen in Tempe during Spring Training, which raises eyebrows. With his past full of injuries, there's fear of that, but personal manners do happen that don't allow Minor Leaguers to get full time in Spring Training as well. His landing spot out of Training is yet to be known.

Green's ceiling is a front to mid-rotation arm, which is still a distance away. He'll have to prove health, strength and determination to move forward at a proper pace, but being drafted young puts him in a prime spot to hit the reset button. The Angels still have something special hidden in the lurks of their system.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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