Cardinals Quick Hitters: Tyler Greene

The St. Louis Cardinals shortstop is back in the majors but is not seeing much playing time in September. What will his future hold?

Shortstop Tyler Greene, the St. Louis Cardinals' 30th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, made his major league debut on April 30, 2009. In the almost three seasons that have passed since then, the now-28-year-old has totaled 359 plate appearances over 150 games. His aggregate MLB line is a disappointing .218/.307/.313/.621.

While Greene opened the 2011 season on the Cardinals roster and has led the team in steals most all season long, he was returned to Memphis in mid-June. There he mostly remained, in Triple-A, until rosters expanded in September. Once again, Greene excelled for the Redbirds, and was named The Cardinal Nation Player of the Month for August.

Greene has taken the field in 150 games with St. Louis since 2009. Just 84 of them were starts and he remained in the entire game just 53 times. Of his starts, only 47 were at his natural position of shortstop, with the others at second base, third base and one in centerfield.

The September 2011 plan, as stated by general manager John Mozeliak late last month, was for Greene to see significant action at shortstop during the final 30 days of the season. With Greene out of options in 2012, the organization must decide if he has a future role at the major league level.

The Cardinals' late-season comeback, with regular contributions from mid-season acquisition, shortstop Rafael Furcal, has scuttled the Greene audition. Greene has only seen shortstop this month from the bench or as he has run past the position. He has just two September plate appearances, one as a pinch-hitter, the other as an extra-innings left-fielder. Greene has been called upon to serve as a pinch-runner five other times this month.

I recently spoke with Greene about his 2011 experiences, both with Memphis and St. Louis as well as what might be ahead.


This is the third of a series of quick interviews with the Cardinals end-of-year additions from Memphis.

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