2006 Ranking: 8
School: Georgia Tech
Cardinal: Selected in the first round (30th overall) of the June, 2005
First-Year Player Draft. Received a $1,100,000 signing bonus. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
Jason Scott (16): Greene fell eight spots to No. 16 in my rankings this year. Ending a season at a lower level than they finished the previous season is never a good thing for a player, and that's exactly what Greene did in 2006. He did quite well after his demotion to Quad Cities, hitting .287/.375/.552 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI, but he still struck out 65 times in 64 games. One bright spot in his season, however, was that he led the organization with 33 stolen bases, getting caught just three times. The key for Greene to move up the system will be improving his plate discipline.
Leonda Markee (23): After reviewing my ranking of Tyler Greene and comparing that ranking with others, I think I ranked him a bit low. I placed him as my 11th-best position prospect, just behind Mark Hamilton and those two should probably be flipped. However, I still have Greene behind Daryl Jones when ranking position prospects and think a drop from my 2005 ranking of 6th is entirely merited.
Greene's overall 2006 performance was a disappointment, particularly so for a first-round draft pick. After skipping Quad Cities by going from short A New Jersey to A-Advanced Palm Beach in 2005, Greene began 2006 at Palm Beach. He struggled there for about a half of a season before being re-assigned to Quad Cities on June 30th. His numbers improved while with the Swing but certain areas remain of a concern. Greene's average strikeouts per at bat went from 1:2.98 at Palm Beach to 1:3.43 at Quad Cities which is marginal. His walk rate decreased from 1:10.45 plate appearances to 1:12.8 plate appearances. Greene did average a home run every 24.5 at bats which was good for 8th place among batters with 200 or more at bats in St. Louis' minor league system. For Greene's sake I hope the Cardinals do not try and start him in Springfield to start 2007 because he does not appear to be ready. Let him succeed at Palm Beach first.