Futures Game Scouting Report: Grant Green

The Futures Game gives the scouting world a strong overall feel for the current prospect landscape in baseball. While not every top prospect is on display, and the look at these players is brief, the event still allows clubs to file concise scouting reports on the each prospect's performance. Here at Scout.com we are doing the same. Here's a scouting report on A's prospect, Grant Green.

Name: Grant Green
Position: SS/CF
Team: Double-A Midland (Oakland Athletics)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

Event Scouted: Futures Game

Physical Description

Green is long, athletic and fits the profile of what the modern day shortstop has become. He's bigger than his listed weight of 180 pounds and has gotten stronger since his days in the amateurs. He's a plus overall athlete and he's about at his peak physically right now.


The hit tool has been the driving force behind Green's career since his college days. He uses the middle of the field very well and gets superb extension in his swing. Green also has better than average bat speed and shows good natural lift in batting practice. He still needs to learn to handle the pitch on the outer third a little bit better, but he's certainly not overly pull happy. He showed he could handle advanced pitching in Futures Game action, and his pitch selection stands out. Green has the look of a perennial .280 hitter in the big leagues.


The home run numbers don't jump off the page in 2011 for Green, but make no mistake, the power is there. He showed plus power potential in batting practice before the Futures Game and he's shown plus game power in the past. His power plays to the deepest parts of the park and he has the ability to hit the ball out with ease to straightaway center field. This is a 20-25 home run threat at the next level.


Green is a plus runner. He's not a burner by any means but he grades out around a 6 on the 20-80 scale. He has a good first step but runs even better underway. He figures to maintain his speed over time as well.


The glove has long been an issue for Grant Green. He's a bit awkward at shortstop and may not have the hands to survive there at the big league level. He has the strong arm to handle the job, but the glove has a lot of deficiencies. The A's recently have experimented with him in center field and that may be a very logical move. The speed and arm strength will serve him well out there. It could very well be his long term home.


Green's career is going to hinge on the strength of his bat. Regardless of where he plays, he's likely to put up the strong offensive numbers to make him valuable. The outfield is a very logical switch for him and I expect his bat to continue to improve. If he can cut down on some swings and misses that would serve him well also. He's a middle of the field type athlete, and a plus bat up the middle always has value.

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