More On The Angels: Hunter Green
I’m in the midst of two weeks running around Cactus League camps and filing reports on the state of each team’s farm system. The first of those runs today, as I reported from Tempe on the Angels in conjunction with our Angels Top 20 Prospects list and Bernie Pleskoff’s 2016 lineup speculation.
With each of my camp reports, I’ll try to provide a little extra coverage on my blog. For Los Angeles, I give you . . .
Another breakout candidate: Hunter Green, lhp
The Angels didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but they got a first-round-caliber talent in Green. They grabbed him the Kentucky high school left-hander in the second round with the 59th overall selection, signing him for $942,000.
Extremely projectable at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, Green can sit in the low 90s with his fastball and run it up to 95 mph. He gets a lot of armside run on his fastball because he throws from a low three-quarters slot, but that life and inconsistency with his mechanics can lead to control woes. He walked 16 in 16 2/3 innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League last year and will need time and patience to develop.
“He looks good,” said Scott Servais, Los Angeles’ assistant GM in charge of scouting and player development. “We got him one inning in a B game against the Indians and he threw well, threw strikes. [Special assistant] Marcel Lachemann took him under his wing in big league camp and worked on a few mechanical things, like staying taller on his back side and repeating his delivery.
“We’re getting him to back off his effort a little. 88-91 is fine for now. He doesn’t have to throw 92-94.”
Green, who could have three solid or better pitches when he refines his curveball and changeup, may open the season in extended spring training because the Angels want to limit him to 100 innings in his first year out of high school. That plan could have him heading to low Class A Burlington in mid-May.