The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed Hunter Green, their first pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. Green is a 6-foot-4, 180 pound, seventeen-year-old (eighteen on July 12), left-handed pitcher out of Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The wait to draft Green was long for Angels Scouting Director Ric Wilson, as the Angels did not have a first round pick, and had to stick around until to the second round and the 59th overall pick to nab the young southpaw.
Green was committed to the University of Kentucky, but instead, has now signed with the Angels for $942,000. Over his senior year at Warren East, Green struck out 110 over 51.0 innings, and had a 0.14 earned-run average, including a no-hitter where he K’ed 20. Along with the new contract, Green is guranteed an invitation to the big league camp next spring in Tempe, Arizona.
Some say Green has a fastball that sits anywhere between 90-95 MPH, has a curveball that is being developed steadily, and an outstanding breaking changeup, possibly the best to come from a high-schooler in this draft. Green hits the corners well for a seventeen-year-old. He has slight control issues, but that is also part of the growing period.
If you follow the young man on Twitter (@hunterbgreen1), you’ll realize he’s just like any other kid who finished high school, as he tweets pictures of fishing, boating, his high school teammates, girlfriend, etc. But, the kid has a great head on him, and shows humility while he posted pictures with guys he is now teammates with, such as C.J. Wilson, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and a few more, but still sees them as superstars and heroes of the sport.
Green is not the only “Kentucky Boy” the Angels have, as he tweeted a picture with the caption, “Me with 1994 Mr. KY Baseball Scott Downs and 1999 Mr. KY Baseball Joe Blanton.” Obviously, Green is excited to join these other two Kentucky boys on the Angels pitching staff soon.
All I can tell you is that this kid stays healthy, he is a future major leaguer, and will be loved in Anaheim for many years. He’s a special breed of pitcher, and could be a future pitching star for the Angels.
In other Angels news: Peter Bourjos is currently listed as day-to-day. Bourjos injured his thumb in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The thumb was injured while Bourjos was trying to breakup a potential double play with a hard slide, and then hit his thumb on second base.
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