Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans adds that the procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Greene, 19, was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in early August last year. He suffered a setback recently, which prompted him to go under the knife.
The Reds selected Greene in the first round, second overall, of the 2017 draft. MLB Pipeline ranked him No. 3 in the Reds’ system behind infielder Nick Senzel and outfielder Taylor Trammell, and No. 22 overall in baseball. Last season, in 18 starts with Single-A Dayton, Greene posted a 4.48 ERA with 89 strikeouts and 23 walks across 68 1/3 innings.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).