Former high School baseball player Hunter Greene, from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., tripled for the Reds' Pioneer Rookie League team in Billings, Mont. Tuesday night in his first professional game. Here, he's seen visiting with Hall of Famer Don Newcombe during batting practice before a game against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium on April 28.
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Hunter Greene triples in two in pro debut

Hunter Greene ripped a two-run triple in his fourth professional at-bat Tuesday night, helping the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs rally to within 9-7 of the Idaho Falls Chukars.

Greene, whom the Reds made the No. 2 overall pick in the June MLB draft, batted No. 6 as the designated hitter for Cincinnati’s Pioneer Rookie League franchise, was hitless in his first three at-bats with a strikeout.

He was on deck in the bottom of the ninth inning when the game ended in a 10-7 loss. 

The owner of a fastball that topped 100 mph in high school, he’s expected to make his pitching debut Aug. 27. Greene is also highly respected as a shortstop with outstanding offensive skills.