2008 Cardinals Prospect #17 – Tyler Greene

Taken just two picks after Colby Rasmus in 2005, shortstop Tyler Greene needs to join him on the fast path or risk being passed by younger players.

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: 16

Position: SS

DOB: 8/17/1983

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 180

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.

2007 stats

Tm

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

OBP

SLG

OPS

SPR

0.244

221

41

54

17

2

8

25

16

62

10

0.309

0.448

0.757

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (17): Greene was The Birdhouse's 16th-ranked prospect last year and he slipped just one notch in this year's rankings. His season was cut short when he twisted his right knee during an at bat on June 16th. That injury led to a July 26th knee surgery. Greene struggled at the plate at Double-A Springfield where he had a .305 BABIP. My ranking of Greene is based primarily on his upside but time is getting short. He turned 24 last August and needs to put together a respectable season in 2008.

Dustin Mattison (18): Greene was off to a slow start before being shut down after 65 games due to knee surgery. Before getting injured, Greene was showing super power for a middle infielder; half of his hits were for extra bases and he was posting an isolated power of .204. On the downside, he was striking out in 25% of his at bats while drawing walks less than 7% of the time.

A heralded five tool shortstop out of Georgia Tech, the Cardinals drafted Greene in the first round of the 2006 draft. Since being drafted 30th overall (Colby Rasmus was selected 28th in the same draft), Greene has not been able to maintain any type of consistency. With fantastic tools and reports of him having great makeup and an openness to coaching, hopefully a healthy Greene can start to put it together.

Ray Mileur (26): Season ending knee surgery limited Greene to 65 games and only 221 at-bats last season. He has struggled at the plate since arriving in Springfield, hitting only .244/.309/.448 with eight home runs and 25 RBI last season before submitting to surgery. The former first round pick has all the tools to make it to the Majors. Speed on the basepaths is a big part of Greene's game, the $64,000 question now is, how well will he bounce back from his knee surgery?

Brian Walton (12): Here is why I am the most aggressive on Greene of our four voters. Though I am tired of using the "t" word, tools, he is an athletic player - a strong defender - arm, range, etc. with very good speed as evidenced in the field and on the basepaths.

Going forward for Greene, it will all be about the bat - improving average and power, which may require an improvement in plate selectivity – along with staying healthy, of course. Just a point of comparison. Colby Rasmus has already accrued 250 more at-bats as a professional than Greene. It is too early to label Pete Kozma a near-term threat, but the organization should have only one "shortstop of the future". Greene is clearly capable of earning that title but needs to do so on the field.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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