Greene Named MWL Player of the Week

A first round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005, shortstop Tyler Greene was named the Midwest League's Offensive Player of the Week for the period lasting from July 10-16, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced on Monday. He was the only player in the 2005 draft class to reach High-A ball with Palm Beach last season.

Greene, 22, joined the Swing on July 1 after struggling through the first part of the year with Palm Beach (High-A Florida State League), and has turned his season around since coming to the Midwest League. The 30th overall pick in the 2005 draft led the league with five home runs during the week, capping the period with two solo shots on Sunday in Wisconsin. Nobody in the league had more runs batted in (11), runs scored (8), or extra-base hits (6) either, as Greene slugged an even 1.000 in the process.

The Florida-native has blasted as many home runs as singles through his first 14 games with Quad Cities, belting eight big flies while driving in 20 runs and slugging .810. He is also batting .328 (19-58) with 17 runs scored and two stolen bases.

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

In his first pro season Greene was sent to short-season Class A New Jersey after signing and hit .261/.352/.370, stealing 13 bases in 14 attempts in 35 games before being promoted to high Class A Palm Beach on August 12. With Palm Beach, he hit .271/.326/.388 in 20 games.

In college Greene was named First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and was also named the 2005 ACC Tournament MVP. In addition, Tyler was a first-team All-America selection in 2005 by USA Today Sports Weekly and Collegiate Baseball.

Greene finished second in the ACC in runs batted in (72) and stolen bases (30), third in runs (75) and hits (97), fifth in total bases (154), eighth in average (.373), slugging percentage (.592) and home runs (12) and tenth in on-base percentage (.464).

Greene was ranked by the Birdhouse staff at as the Cardinals #8 prospect in their pre-season Top 40 Prospect rankings and the shortstop was ranked even higher, at #3, by Baseball America & Baseball HQ.

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