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it comes back and hits you again, it’s a re­minder that it doesn’t come eas­ily. How you re­spond to that is im­por­tant. He had a great out­ing the next time out. What I’ve seen of Hunter is he’s a very savvy and ma­ture young man.”

The 6-foot-4, 197-pound Greene, pic­tured last spring on the cover of Sports Il­lus­trated with the cap­tion “The Star Baseball Needs,” was at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park on Satur­day, the se­cond day of a visit to Cincin­nati that started on Fri­day with a stop at the city’s an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion and a trip to the Ma­jor League Baseball Youth Acad­emy in the sub­urb of Roselawn on Satur­day morn­ing.

“It’s been awe­some to be able to check out the cul­ture,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s nice that I’ve been able to meet some of the guys and not just text with them.”

A short­stop-pitcher at his Sher­man Oaks, Calif., high school, Greene signed a con­tract that in­cluded a $7.23 mil­lion bonus and then started his ca­reer as Billings’ des­ig­nated hit­ter, bat­ting .233 (7 for 30) with two dou­bles, one triple, three RBIs and eight strike­outs with zero walks in seven games.

He then trans­ferred to the mound, where the Reds pro­jected him as per­form­ing when they drafted him. He al­lowed one hit in one in­ning of his de­but Aug. 27, also against He­lena. He fin­ished 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA.

Price made it of­fi­cial Satur­day. Right-han­der Tyler Mahle’s sea­son is done. He joins righthander Luis Castillo and left­hander Amir Gar­rett on the side­line.

“We were able to sat­isfy our goals for him,” Price said of Mahle. “He got four starts and got ac­cli­mated to the ma­jor leagues. If he makes the team next year or comes up at some point dur­ing the sea­son, it won’t be his first taste.”

Mean­while, Satur­day starter Sal Ro­mano will be fol­lowed in the ro­ta­tion by right-han­ders Robert Stephenson, Jack­son Stephens, Rookie Davis and Homer Bai­ley.

Gar­rett will con­tinue to work on the side with Jenk­ins “to get his de­liv­ery more con­sis­tent,” Price said.

“Guys like him and Castillo and Mahle can work on things in a less stren­u­ous way,” he said. “We want to work with all of the young guys now so that, come Feb. 15, we’re not say­ing, ‘We want you to do it a dif­fer­ent way.’ We want them work­ing on it when they ini­ti­ate their throw­ing pro­gram dur­ing the off­sea­son, so they know what the goals are.”

Price had hoped to leave the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son with all five slots in next sea­son’s start­ing ro­ta­tion at least pen­ciled in in­stead of hav­ing spring train­ing serve as a try­out camp. Mahle’s and Castillo’s names seem to be fill­ing berths.

“The im­pres­sions cer­tainly were ex­tremely pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially in their im­pact on the club,” Price said. “Castillo would be in my ro­ta­tion, but I’m not the only vote on that. We’re in a bet­ter sit­u­a­tion in that we don’t have as many ques­tion marks go­ing into spring train­ing.”

Pitts­burgh closes its sea­son se­ries in Cincin­nati and against the Reds in to­day’s 1:10 p.m. se­ries fi­nale.

Rookie right-han­der Robert Stephenson (4-5, 5.45 ERA) is Cincin­nati’s sched­uled starter. Right-han­der Ger­rit Cole (11-10, 4.04) will start for the Pi­rates.

Bye-bye, Bucs:

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