2008 Cards AFL Interviews: Tyler Greene

The sixth of our nine exclusive Cardinals interviews from the Arizona Fall League is with Peoria Saguaros infielder Tyler Greene. The former Georgia Tech star discusses returning from injury, playing multiple positions, the prospect of being added to the 40-man roster and much more.

One of the busiest and now most versatile players the St. Louis Cardinals assigned to the premier prospect showcase, the Arizona Fall League, is shortstop Tyler Greene. In a league where pretty much everyone is an all-star, Greene has been given the opportunity to play semi-regularly at second base and third base in addition to his natural position at short.

Since joining the organization at pick number 30 in the 2005 draft, two behind Colby Rasmus, expectations have been high for the former Georgia Tech star, but the results have been spotty.

In 2007 with Springfield, Greene tore a knee ligament in June that ended a partial season during which he had struggled with the problem, with a line of .244/.309/.448 in Double-A. Coming back in 2008, the shortstop posted an almost-identical line in 97 games with the Texas League Cardinals.

Moving up to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds for the final 30 games of the season when Brian Barden departed for the Olympics created an opportunity for Greene. His results offensively were middling - .234/.325/.297 – though he did go 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

Perhaps Greene needed more time to recover from his knee problems or whatever the reason, he has been a consistent performer in the AFL. His line through 65 at-bats and 16 games is a solid .308/.392/.554, good to see for a player that has never yet hit .300 at any level as a professional.

One concern is his continued challenge to make consistent contact, as Greene has fanned one-third of the time in Arizona, 21 times in 65 at-bats. He is 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts after swiping 20 of 26 during the regular season.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is using his time with the Peoria Saguaros under Springfield manager Ron "Pop" Warner to increase his versatility, something that will only help him as he strives to achieve his goal to reach the major leagues.

In this exclusive audio interview, Greene discusses his return from injury, his 2008 season, the prospect of being added to the Cardinals 40-man roster and much more.


Greene on offense

Greene on the bases and on defense

Upcoming interviews in this series: Tyler Norrick, Brett Wallace and Steven Hill.

Previous AFL interviews:
Manager Ron "Pop" Warner
RHSP Adam Ottavino
LHRP Brad Furnish
LHRP Justin Fiske
OF Shane Robinson

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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