Cardinals Prospect #8 - Tyler Greene

Greene was the only Cards draftee in 2005 to make it as high as Palm Beach. Player Profile

Position: SS

DOB: 8/17/1983

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Georgia Tech

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the first round (30th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $1,100,000 signing bonus.

New Jersey (SS) .261 138 36 1 18 28 13 15 37 .352 .370
Palm Beach (High-A) .271 85 23 2 5 17 6 5 28 .326 .388

Staff Comments

JS (8): "Greene was rated by both Baseball America and Baseball HQ as the third best prospect in the Cardinals system, but he is going to have to show me that he can do more with the bat to get a higher ranking from me. The only Cardinal's 2005 draftee to make it to high Class A this past season, Greene will likely begin the 2006 season back at Palm Beach. I think we could see him in St. Louis at some point in 2007."

LM (6): "MLB's draft-day comment on Greene was "good athlete at a premium position". That pretty much sums up Tyler Greene. His ranking is far more about potential and the position played than it is his 2005 on-field performance. Baseball America named Greene as the tenth-best prospect in the New York-Penn League where he went .261/.352/.370/.722 in 138 at bats. The same publication named him as the Cardinals' third-best prospect as did Baseball HQ. Greene will remain a shortstop which places him in a focal point position. He skipped class A Quad Cities to become the only member of the 2005 draft class to reach class A-Advanced Palm Beach in their first season. I personally placed Greene as the highest ranking 2005 draftee, primarily because this fact. (The higher the level at which you compete, the more weight I assign the performance.) His bat needs to improve, as does his glove work, but the upside is certainly there."

RM (7): "Greene made everyone on the staff's Top 10 list. Baseball America and Baseball HQ actually ranks Greene at #3. When Travis Hanson had problems with his defense early in the season, Greene became widely considered as the best defensive player within the organization. He can be inconsistent at times, but he has an above average arm and is an excellent shortstop. Greene started the season with New Jersey (short season) before moving up to (High-A) Palm Beach. He struggled in the post season with the Palm Beach Cardinals, hitting just .162/.205/.189/.394, 6-for-37 in 8 games, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BRI, 2 BB, 14 SO. The 14 strike outs in 37 at bats is a little scary. A good runner, Greene can take the extra base and steal bases in the right situation. He needs to improve his plate discipline and making contact with the ball, putting it in play. I think our staff ranking of him at #8 is a little more realistic than BA & BHQ's ranking of him at #3."

BW (8): "Greene and Colby Rasmus will be talked about for some time as the next generation of Cardinals top prospects after Anthony Reyes graduates. A solid defender at shortstop, the question on Greene will be whether or not he can continue to hit enough as he rises through the system. Scouts would like to see him start to go the other way more rather than pulling everything - something that will eventually catch up with him if not addressed. His .265 mark in his first year as a pro was ok as he did progress quickly. His 19 for 20 mark in stolen bases this past season really caught my eye."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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