Hunter Greene multitasked as he rounded the bases at Dehler Park in Billings, Montana, on Tuesday.
He heard the crowd explode. He sensed the surprise of his teammates at the speed generated by his 220-pound frame. He somehow deciphered his dad cheering from beyond the outfield fence.
Safe at third, the Stevenson Ranch product and Billings Mustang highlighted his rookie ball debut with his first professional hit, a two-run triple in a 10-7 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars.
Greene finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
“It felt great to contribute,” he told The Signal via Twitter. “I hadn’t seen live pitching since May so getting my timing back and getting into a grove took me a few swings, but it finally came together.”
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Greene, the No. 2 overall draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in this year’s MLB Draft, served as the Mustangs’ designated hitter again Friday night. He went 0-for-3.
Drafted primarily for his pitching prowess, it’s unclear when Greene will take the mound.
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In his first full season at High-A, Donatella has been solid. He owns a 3.51 ERA through 20 starts. He’s struck out 87 and walked 34 in 105 innings. He’s currently listed on the seven-day disabled list.
Steven Farnworth (Pitcher, West Ranch graduate/College of the Canyons, High-A Jupiter Hammerheads/Miami Marlins)
Farnworth holds a 4.58 ERA in 10 relief appearances this season….
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