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