As the highest draft choice that the Angels have had in years, Hunter Green has had a lot hung on him. Despite being just 18 years old, he's already being viewed as a cornerstone of the Angels' minor league rebuilding plan and a staff leader of the (distant) future. No pressure, right?
Position: LHP Highest Level: AZL
Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6'4" Weight: 175
Age: 18 Born: 7/12/1995
2013 Rank: unranked
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 16.2 IP, 0-1, 4.32 ERA, 16 H, 16 BB, 0 HR, 11 SO, 4.94 FIP, .302 BABIP, 36.2 GB%
Fastball = B
The average fastball for a LHP is 89-90. As a 17-year old that has yet to grow into his tall frame, Green is sitting 90-92. Reports indicate there’s good life to the pitch as well, as it runs in on the hands of LHB. It’s future grade will almost certainly be a “B+” or an “A” as Hunter fills out. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Green was throwing 94+ in a couple years.
Offspeed Pitches = B
Green throws a sharp breaking curve with considerable sudden movement that is already considered “plus” and also has a changeup that has future potential with some sink to it. The Angels are almost certainly banking on Green further developing this pitch with time as it is often the difference between a starter or reliever.
Control = Incomplete
We really haven’t seen enough of Hunter Green to say one way or another where his control is at as a prospect right now. Scouting reports from this past year in high school indicate that Green was raw, but hardly ever challenged by the competition. The numbers in Rookie Ball make it pretty clear he wasn’t throwing as many strikes as he needed to be.
Command = Incomplete
Just about every scouting report I’ve read on Hunter Green indicates that he most certainly has work to do in terms of improving the command of his pitches and spotting them where he chooses. But every scouting report also adds in that any issues observed in Green so far are far from impossible to fix. He seems to be an easygoing, rather “moldable” pitcher. However, I could neither confirm nor deny the presence of such issues because I just haven’t seen enough of him yet. But I wouldn’t doubt they are there. How many 17-year olds from back East come prepackaged with the innate ability to throw strikes and sit on the corners at will? None that I know of. Of course, there’s a first for everything (see Trout, Michael, Nelson).
Mechanics = B
I really like Green’s delivery. It involves minimal effort, his low-90’s heat is rather easily accomplished, which strongly suggests that he should avoid arm troubles and even add more velocity in the future. He has a simple drop and drive delivery that is rather quick to the plate (effective as a LH in holding runners on). His release is what I’d consider a true “three-quarters” release. He neither sidearms the ball or gets on top of it, which gives all of his pitches considerable movement. I have seen some cases, which he hasn’t landed in the same spot or followed through in his mechanics, but these are easily correctable. I really don’t see any flaws in Green as of right now.