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Reds' Greene, With 104 Mph Heater, Makes Opening Rotation

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Goodyear, Arizona (AP) -- Hunter Greene has cracked the Cincinnati Reds' season-opening rotation.

The second overall pick from the 2017 draft reached 104 mph with his fastball in Triple-A last season and could be one of the most exciting rookies in baseball this year. The right-hander will pitch behind opening-day starter Tyler Mahle during a weekend series against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves.