Hunter Green’s hot streak continues.
Nearly a week after being selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft, the Warren East pitcher was named Kentucky’s 2013 Mr. Baseball on Wednesday night, according to WEHS coach Wes Sanford.
“I don’t even know how to explain how I feel,” Green said. “It’s been a big two weeks for me. Getting this award is a true blessing. There’s a lot of good players in Kentucky, and for me to be picked as the best one, it’s indescribable how I feel.”
Sanford received the news late Wednesday from the Region 4 representative, Russell County coach David Rexroat, he said. The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association, which presents the award, hadn’t made an announcement as of this morning.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pound Green struck out 110 batters as a senior with a 3-1 record and 0.14 ERA in 51 2/3 innings.
The Raiders went 15-20 this season and lost in the play-in game of the District 14 Tournament.
“It’s pretty special for Hunter, for him to be able to win that even with the year we had,” Sanford said. “He works incredibly hard, and good things come to people who work hard.”
Green recorded a combined 323 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA in 168 2/3 innings in his career at East.
He was selected June 6 by the Los Angeles Angels with the 59th overall pick in the draft but hasn’t signed yet with the organization.
“It’s still getting worked up, and there’s a lot of players who got drafted that are waiting for their contracts,” Green said. “Something should happen here pretty shortly.”
Green is the second Mr. Baseball from Warren East, following Mark Biggs in 2011, and the third from the area, including Franklin-Simpson’s Joe Blanton in 1999.
Biggs was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth round of the 2011 draft.
“To have two Mr. Baseballs in three years is pretty special,” Sanford said. “They’ve both made a lasting impact on this program.”