Greene bags four hits in wild Mustangs win

No. 2 overall pick belts two doubles in third professional game

Hunter Greene has collected nine total bases and three RBIs over 14 at-bats in his first three games. (Paul Ruhter/Billings Mustangs)

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | August 15, 2017 3:52 AM

After Monday night's performance, 2017's second overall Draft pick Hunter Greene has logged as many extra-base hits as he has games played.

The second-ranked Cincinnati prospect went 4-for-7 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Rookie-level Billings' 17-14, 12-inning slugfest win over Idaho Falls. He was one of four Mustangs and seven total players to collect three or more hits in the marathon that lasted exactly five hours.


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Greene, signed out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California as a two-way player, was shut down as a pitcher in April to preserve his young arm, which produces triple-digit heat and a promising slider. In the beginning of July, the Reds signed him with a $7.23 million bonus. On Aug. 8, two days after he turned 18, he debuted as a designated hitter in the Pioneer League with a two-run triple.

"It was awesome -- getting up there and being able to hear such great fans cheering me on and motivating me and helping me out and giving me support while I was up there," MLB.com's No. 21 overall prospect said in a statement after that game. "Hearing all their voices was really cool."

Video: Billings' Greene doubles in a run

In his next action, Friday night's loss at Ogden, he went 0-for-3. He sat from then until Monday, when the right-handed hitter got things started with a first-inning double to left field off Kansas City 15th-rounder Robert Garcia. He took the southpaw to left again in the fifth -- this time for a single.

One inning later, he socked an opposite-field RBI two-bagger off right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett

After grounding out in the eighth and ninth, he came through with a two-out single to left against righty Danny Hrbek in the 11th. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Pabel Manzanero in the 12th.

Miles Gordon, a Canadian-born 2015 fourth-rounder, also went 4-for-7 for the Mustangs. He plated four, scored three times, doubled twice and fell a homer shy of the cycle.


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The Chukars' Brewer Hicklen also missed the cycle by a homer, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Darrell Miller was a triple short of the feat, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBIs and two walks.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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