Cincinnati Reds Select Hunter Greene Second Overall in MLB Draft

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Hunter Greene

A co-founder of GigSmart, Theodore “Ted” Catino is an award-winning entrepreneur as well as an interview and life transition coach. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is a fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cincinnati Reds.

After finishing fifth in its division for a second consecutive year, the Reds were awarded the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. The team selected high school pitcher Hunter Greene, who was lauded as the top prospect in the draft for much of the past year.

A 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound player for Sherman Oaks, California’s Notre Dame High School, Greene was drafted as a pitcher, but is an all-around player who can hit for average and power. At just 17, he hit batting-practice homeruns in San Diego’s Petco Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. He projects as an All-Star-caliber pitcher in the MLB, however, given his ability to throw the ball over 100 miles per hour and his command of three above-average pitches. On the mound, he has been compared to New York Mets’ ace Noah Syndergaard.


Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former Tennessee Wide Receiver

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Miami (of Ohio) University alumnus Theodore “Ted” Catino is a founding partner of the Boston-based company 625 Investments, LLC. As the current chief executive officer of this opportunistic fund, he is at the forefront of directing the strategy in generating attractive returns from venture, private equity, and real estate investments. During his free time, Ted Catino enjoys watching football, and is an avid fan of the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a recent report, the Cincinnati Bengals announced that they have signed Josh Malone, and that he will be joining the team to finally kickstart his National Football League (NFL) career. Malone is a fourth-round pick and was formerly a wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. He inked a four-year contract that is worth almost $3 million, supplemented with a signing bonus totaling to nearly $600,000. He joins 10 other picks for this round of the NFL draft.

Back in Tennessee, Malone pulled 104 catches in 39 games and 14 touchdowns across three seasons. He gained prominence with 50 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns when still a junior.

Bengals Sign Linebacker Kevin Minter

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Kevin Minter

Theodore “Ted” Catino is an entrepreneur whose latest venture is GigSmart, an employer and employee job-connecting application for the ever-growing gig economy. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is an avid National Football League (NFL) fan who counts the Cincinnati Bengals among his favorite teams.

Seeking to improve its defense, the Bengals signed linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year, $4.25 million contract in March. Ranked as one of the five best free agent linebackers by Pro Football Focus, Minter is an above-average coverage player who recorded a combined 81 tackles, four defended passes, and 3.5 sacks last season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Unlike the Bengals acquisitions of Karlos Dansby and A.J. Hawk in recent years, Minter is a relatively young player with room to grow. A former second round pick of the Cardinals, the 26-year-old worked his way into the team’s starting lineup in the previous two seasons and has shown vast improvement. Throughout his career, the Louisiana State University alumnus has 224 tackles, six defended passes, five sacks, one safety, and one forced fumble.

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Dustin Pedroia’s Career with the Boston Red Sox

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Dustin Pedroia

A founding partner and managing director with Boston-based 625 Investments, LLC, Ted “Theodore” Catino is an accomplished public speaker who also works as a transition and interview coach. When he isn’t spending time on one of his several professional endeavors, Ted Catino enjoys cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

For the past decade, Dustin Pedroia has been a staple in the Red Sox lineup, while holding down his spot at second base for the majority of that time. The diminutive California native has played less than 100 games in just two of the past 10 seasons and, entering the 2017 season, has played in a total of 1,398 games for the Red Sox since debuting with the team in 2006.

The four-time All-Star has been a consistent offensive threat throughout his career, hitting for no worse than .278 average in each of his 10 full seasons. He won American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 2007 after hitting for a .317 average and driving in 50 runs. The following season, Pedroia led the AL in runs scored, hits, and doubles en route to winning the AL Most Valuable Player award. He also won his first of four Gold Glove awards that season.

Cincinnati Named One of America’s Most Affordable Cities

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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an entrepreneur with an active consulting and mentoring career. In 1986, Ted Catino and his wife Becky founded Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC), which was sold in 2011 after having won the Community Service Award from the Thank You Foundation and the 2002 Small Business of the Year award from the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce works hard to support the economic viability of the city of Cincinnati and recently reported that the city was named in 2015 by Forbes as one of America’s most affordable cities to live in. The list considered median income and housing affordability for cities with populations of 600,000 or more.

Cincinnati’s median income is $68,500, while the national average is $63,900. Median housing prices are valued at about $133,000, making housing affordable to 83.9 percent of the population. Groceries, utilities, and transportation all come in at lower costs than elsewhere in the US. A city’s affordability is a major factor in how livable a certain place is and contributes greatly to the health and success of its citizens.

Cincinnati Reds Trade All-Star Frazier for Prospects

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Cincinnati Reds Trade Frazier

Theodore “Ted” Catino is an accomplished entrepreneur who cofounded and led Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. for 25 years and now maintains a business consultancy. An avid sports fan, Ted Catino supports teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a rebuilding mode and made a number of strategic moves in late 2015 to position itself for future success. One major deal involved the trade of veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, who has 2015 All-Star credentials. His 2015 stats included 89 RBIs and 35 home runs, and he impressed local fans by winning the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star game in Cincinnati.

In a three-team arrangement involving the Dodgers, Frazier will go to the White Sox, and the Reds will receive a trio of prospects from the Dodgers in return. These include outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder/outfielder José Peraza, who were minor-league standouts in 2015 and both gained big-league experience with the Dodgers late in the season. The third player, infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon, is coming up from a AA affiliate of the Dodgers.

The trade of Frazier, who makes $12 million a year, was not a complete surprise to Cincinnati fans. It follows a recent trend of the team trading high-salary players to make room for up-and-coming talent on the roster.