Name: Tyler Greene
DOB: December 1, 1992
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: Drafted in the 11th round (#361 overall) in the 2011 draft, $375,000 signing bonus
Pre Draft Report: Greene is an enigma in the draft, he has the tools to stick at shortstop with the ability to hit for both average and power. However it is mostly tools with Greene and the performance has not matched the tools. At the plate Greene has good bat speed but doesn’t have a great approach. He has the physical tools including a plus arm to stick at shortstop but his instincts might force a move to third base long term. Greene has put out a high signing number which could force him down the draft but the tools to be a high round pick. Greene will likely be a longer term project for any team that drafts him.
Career Synopsis: Despite signing for an above slot bonus Greene signed early enough to make it into GCL average. Over a 17 game sample size Greene showed promising signs with a good average and walk rates. He showed some power, but he had some serious contact issues striking out 23 times in 70 PAs or 1/3 of his times at the plate. His final GCL line was .276/.386/.379.
Greene opened 2012 with Lakewood playing shortstop. Both in the field and at the plate his trip to low-A was a disaster. At the plate he hit .147/.270/.267 in 89 PAs, the positive being that he drew 13 BBs, but he also struck out 37 times in 23 games. In the field he committed 10 errors in 23 games at shortstop. He was then demoted to Extended Spring Training before being sent to Williamsport. There he primarily played second base with Roman Quinn manning second base. He made slightly better contact with his strikeout rate declining slightly and his batting average increasing, unfortunately his walk rate also dropped by over 1/4. He wasn’t great in the field at second base and it will remain to be seen where he plays long term. His final WPT line was .211/.246/.312.
Scouting Report: Below is an assessment of Greene’s raw tools, rated on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. The grades are my estimation based on what I’ve read and those I’ve talked to. The second number is a tool ceiling, the first number is the current assessment
Hit For Average: 30/50
Hit For Power: 40/60
Fielding: 40/55 (SS)
Throwing Arm: 50/60
Summary: At the plate Greene’s contact issues hold back his other tools. He hits the ball well when he makes contact. He has plus raw power if he can make enough contact to let it play. In the field he has some issues with his hands and actions at shortstop but he has a chance to be plus defensively if he ends up at third base long term, although his accuracy holds back a plus arm. Greene has well above average speed but he hasn’t been on base enough to see if he has good instincts.
Upside: Greene is a bit of an enigma at this point and is much rawer than was anticipated when the Phillies drafted him. At the plate he has the swing to generate plus power and it should allow him to hit for a good average. His approach is very poor and he was lost at the plate all year. He will get some time to work on the bat but unless he cuts down on his strikeouts it could be a tough road finding playing time going forward. In the field it remains to be seen what position he plays going forward long term. Due to the prospects around him it is likely that the Phillies continue to develop him at second base but they haven’t indicated if that is permanent. Greene is still young with plenty of tools but he needs to start performing to stay a prospect.
Profile updated: 10/19/12