The 2013 amateur draft is less than one week away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.
Hunter Green | LHP
Green is a Kentucky kid who attends Warren East High School in Bowling Green. He led the Raiders to a regional championship as a sophomore and is committed to Kentucky.
Listed at a very projectable 6-foot-4 and 180 lbs., Green has been inconsistent this spring but has looked like a slam-dunk first rounder at times. His fastball has run anywhere from 87-95 as a senior, and he’s settled into the 90-93 mph range as the weather warmed up in the recent weeks. A low-80s changeup is his top secondary offering and advanced for a high schooler, but his slurvy upper-70s breaking ball is still trying to decide if it wants to be a curveball or slider. When he stays on top of the ball, its a downer curve that misses bats. Green needs to iron out his command and mechanics, but he gets good extension from a low three-quarters arm slot. There’s some more video on YouTube.
Baseball America and Keith Law (subs. req’d) rank Green as the 31st and 51st best prospect in the draft in their latest rankings, respectively. In his latest mock draft, Law mentioned the southpaw is one of several prep pitchers the Yankees are looking at for one of their three first round picks (26th, 32nd, 33rd). Green is a classic high-risk, high-reward pitcher with a big projectable frame and promising but raw stuff. He’s done his best work in the recent weeks leading up to the draft, so there’s some helium as well.