Former ULM ace Matt Green is trying his hand at independent professional baseball this season with the Grand Prairie (Texas) AirHogs.
The AirHogs compete in the American Association of Independent Baseball, the same league as the Shreveport Captains. Former major leaguer Pete Incaviglia is the Grand Prairie manager.
Green lost his first outing with the AirHogs after allowing six hits and three runs in five innings. Green struck out six.
A product of Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Green enjoyed one of the top pitching seasons in ULM history in 2005 when he finished 10-2 with a 2.65 ERA and struck out 141 batters in 105.1 innings.
Green pitched in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization since 2005, when the franchise selected him in the second round of the draft. In four seasons in Arizona's farm system, he pitched in 87 games. Green's overall ERA was 4.84 ERA and he had 325 strikeouts in 398.1 innings. In 2007, he earned a spot on the Southern League All-Star team while pitching for the Mobile Bay Bears.
Last year Green pitched for the Double A Bay Bears and the Triple A Tucson Sidewinders.