Hunter Greene is an American professional baseball player recently drafted in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft as the #2 overall pick at just 17 years old out of Notre Dame High School located in Sherman Oaks, California. On June 12, 2017 the Cincinnati Reds drafted SS/RHP Hunter Greene as their number 1 pick in the first round and would go on to pay Hunter the highest signing bonus in Reds history and the highest bonus received in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft since 2012 under the new slotting system. Hunter Greene currently pitches for the Reds minor league organization as he climbs his way to the Big Leagues and will begin hitting again once he reaches AA.
Prior to being drafted, Hunter started his baseball career as a 6 year old at William S. Hart Pony Baseball complex located in Valencia, California. Hunter played at the same Pony complex until the age of nine and then began to travel the country playing travel ball exclusively. Hunter returned to his league at age 12 to play his last year of community baseball but from the age of 9 to 13 Hunter traveled and played in Omaha, Cooperstown (twice), South Carolina, Florida and South America. At 14, Hunter began high school, started his USA National team career and also committed to play baseball at UCLA all before he played his first year of high school baseball. As a 14 year old freshman, Hunter earned the starting role as Notre Dame’s shortstop and would hold that position for all four years earning numerous local, city and state awards along the way. In addition, Hunter earned league MVP and league championships two out of his four years of high school. Outside of high school, Hunter played for the 15u USA National team and the 18u National team all three years earning one silver and two gold medals. Hunter’s baseball resume includes the Milwaukee Brewers scout ball team, Brewers Area Code team, Perfect Game All American team, Under Armor All American team. Travel Ball Teams: Santa Clarita Bulldogs, MLB Urban Youth Academy, LA Rockstars, Simi Valley Terror, Team Phenom, Texas (El Paso) Unleashed, Van Nuys Braves, Wolverines, (LABA) Los Angeles Baseball Academy and (PBA) Pacific Baseball Academy. Needless to say Hunter was coached and mentored by many coaches along the way and inspired by many players to get better every year and acknowledges that if it were not for all of those experiences, good and bad….he would not have reached the level of success he has today.
What Hunter wants every youth player to know: Work harder than the players around you, don’t listen to people who say you can’t, be the best version of yourself on and off the field, handle your school work or you will never play anywhere, treat everyone with respect but don’t be a victim, keep your priorities the main priority, don’t make life decisions based on your current friendships because everyone is going in different directions and you need to do whats best for you, be kind and do nice things for other people, your parents love you and only want the best for you, never do drugs because nothing good comes from it, first impressions are everything people will judge you, you’re not as bad as everyone says you are and you’re not as good either (stay humble), have fun, enjoy everyday like its your last, work your butt off for the things you really want out of life and find something outside of baseball you enjoy doing because everyone needs an outlet.