MLB draft 2017: Hunter Greene selected No. 2 overall by Cincinnati Reds

With the No. 2 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected prep right-hander Hunter Greene out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Greene was a two-way star in high school, and back in February didn’t sound like someone quite willing yet to choose one specific role.

Anyway, they’re finally back underway in Gainesville in a College World Series berth decider, and the Gators wasted no time in adding to their 1-0 lead from before the break. JJ Schwartz, in fact, is here to catch pitches, call plays, and mash massive dingers. Here’s his big boy jam in the bottom of the third:

That ball traveled the same exact line as his mash from earlier in the day, which nearly punched a hole in the Gators’ newly renovated basketball facility. This hit is even more remarkable because Schwartz landed two taters on the same day in consecutive games. That’s a hilarious counterpoise to Wake Forest’s Johnny Aiello, who slammed two homers in one game but on consecutive days. What?

This is March June.

Without Heimlich’s 0.79 ERA, the Beavers seemed to suffer not at all, since they haven’t lost a game in the tournament and are currently on a winning streak dating back to April 29. In the Beavers’ most recent game a 9-2 shellacking of Vanderbilt to advance to the CWS sometime starter Bryce Fehmel held the Commodores to just five hits in a complete game effort. As a staff, Oregon State’s starting hurlers own a 1.80 ERA on the season, the lowest in the country in some 40 years.

Alongside Fehmel, Jake Thompson’s 1.52 ERA and righty Drew Rasmussen can consistently reach into the mid-to-low 90s with their heat. Teams typically rotate between two starters every other game at this point in the tournament, so with three top arms ready to go, the Beavs have an embarrassment of starting stuff.

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Blake Griffin has no hard feelings toward Chris Paul as he takes over as Clippers’ leader

With Chris Paul out of the picture and a five-year, $172 million contract now signed, the Clippers are officially Blake Griffin’s team. Griffin, at least publicly, is ready to move forward without CP3.

He said Wednesday he has no hard feelings toward Paul for orchestrating an offseason trade to the Rockets. The two played together for six seasons, at least when one or both weren’t sidelined by injuries.

I really care about the bus drivers, Barkley said after Durant’s decision. On every team, there’s a bus driver. Most of those guys are just bus riders.

Towns still stops himself when he thinks about the position he’s been put in, he said. It was only in 2014 that he gave an emotional, memorable speech upon winning the Gatorade Athlete of the Year award.

In it, a teary Towns thanked his parents, and said his most memorable day was when his father told him they were taking all their savings and putting in a basketball court in the yard for him. We didn’t have enough money for a real hoop, Towns told his father. But you made sure that you built one, by hand, so I could practice.

He’s come a long way.

I went up there with a lot of emotion, Towns recalled. I just was thinking about all that I had gone through to get there, and it was truly special. Three and a half years later, and I am still thinking about it. I felt so young when I won it, but now I feel so old like it was decades ago.

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