Cincinnati Reds Select Hunter Greene Second Overall in MLB Draft

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Hunter Greene
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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.

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Cincinnati Reds Trade All-Star Frazier for Prospects

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Cincinnati Reds Trade Frazier
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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.