Hunter Greene is Sherman Oaks' rising baseball star


Hunter Greene is a 17-year-old student who attends Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, California. Greene might sound like any typical high school student.

Except he’s not.

Greene, who is 6’4” and 210 pounds, can throw baseballs at 102 mph and hit them 450 feet. This is only the beginning to what this teenager has already accomplished.

As a freshman in high school, he started as a shortstop in baseball and his coach said he was the ‘best infielder he’s ever worked with.’ At the age of 15, Greene was named the state player of the year.

Along with making his own records in sports, Greene has also taken a positive stance in helping others. He started a sock drive in Los Angeles and personally gave away about 2,300 pairs of socks on Skid Row. The city of L.A. has awarded him a total of four certificates to recognize all the time and work he has committed to community service.

Greene's perseverance has also brought him to where he is now. After a rejection for enrollment at a private school for seventh grade, he immediately decided to study Korean so he wouldn’t be labeled as a ‘dumb ballplayer.’

Greene’s baseball skills, motivation and involvement in various activities outside of sports and school have caught the eye of multiple major league officials and scouts. Many scouts believe he is ‘the best two-way amateur prospect they have ever seen.’

One major league official said, “This is exactly the kind of kid we desperately need.”

Greene had always been devoted to baseball and began year-round baseball for two teams when he was only eight.

The month of June is an important month for Greene. There is a very high chance that he will be drafted “No. 1 by the Twins or No. 2 by the Reds.”

Many scouts believe he is ‘the best two-way amateur prospect they have ever seen.’

“It’s a no-brainer, right?” the major league official said. “The guy sits in the upper 90s, throws breaking balls for strikes and fields the position like no other. He’s pick-and-play. That’s the conventional thinking. But I just don’t know if this is the time for conventional thinking. What if Hunter Greene is the freak?”

There is no doubt that Greene has already made a name for himself and has set up a successful future in baseball; and he hasn’t even received his high school diploma yet.

See the full story and biography on SportsIllustrated.com.


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