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What Hunter Greene Could Mean for the LA Angels

By Vincent Page
January 14, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; High school pitcher Hunter Greene during the USA Baseball sponsored Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 14, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; High school pitcher Hunter Greene during the USA Baseball sponsored Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Angels have a top ten pick for just the second time this millennium. They undoubtedly need a pitcher, as Garrett Richards is the only arm within the organization with ace potential. Hunter Greene is the man to take over as the future Halo ace.

The LA Angels have the best player in the league in Mike Trout. However, it has been proven that Trout cannot lead this team to a championship alone. That is no diss on Trout, but the Angels have failed to field a contender around him. A large part of this is the lack of a true ace. Richards has this potential, but he is already 29 years old and has had injury problems over the past few years.

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Hunter Greene is a high school arm hailing from Notre Dame High School, and has already graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated Kids. He is only the third high school athlete to be featured on the cover of SI, and the first African-American to do so. While Greene has been looked out as baseball’s next unicorn (a position player and pitcher), it is clear his future is as a starting pitcher. This is despite many analysts saying he is a top-five talent as a shortstop as well.

Mike Trout is great, but if there is one knack on him, it is his lack of personality. This, along with playing while most of the nation sleeps, is what leads to his lack of national recognition for Trout as a phenom. Hunter Greene has the personality to bring national attention to Anaheim. His list of extracurriculars is absolutely amazing, as he is an exceptional artist, violinist, speaks Korean, and has received four pieces of recognition for his community service efforts. These include a sock drive for the homeless, which he used to hand out 2,300 pairs.

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Greene is the All-American boy that kids want to grow up to be, and dads want their daughters to marry. Greene has the skills to be the best pitcher in the league early in his career. He has the personality to be an absolute star. He is what the Angels need. For business, for contention, and for every reason imaginable.

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Greene could very well go first overall, and become the first high school hurler to ever do so. However, he could also slip due to MLB teams concern over high school pitchers’ health. If he is there for the Angels at pick #10, then Halo fans better get ready for the new face of the franchise.

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