Scouting Mets Prospect #46: Chase Greene

The Mets found a potential weapon when they selected Gulf Coast League outfielder Chase Greene in the 16th round of the 2009 draft. It is very early into his career, and his game is raw, but a unique blend of tools could make Greene one of the most exciting players in the farm system as he develops. Find out what could make him a big asset for the Mets.

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Vital Statistics
Name: Chase Greene
DOB: April 22, 1990
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Status: 16th Round (2009) – West Boca Raton Community HS

In recent years, the Mets have held firm in their draft approach of not going over slot when selecting players. That pattern held true for much of the 2009 draft class, but the Mets made one of their few exceptions when they selected outfielder Chase Greene in the 16th round last June.

The athletically-gifted Greene was prepared to attend the University of South Florida, but a $125,000 signing bonus put him in a Mets uniform. His signing did not come as a big surprise as Greene was very familiar with the Mets organization since his junior year of high school.

The organization kept tabs on the outfielder, ultimately breaking stride and buying him out of his collegiate commitment. Greene was one of the late signees, not inking his deal until July 1. He was ultimately assigned close to home as he debuted in the Gulf Coast League.

As a successful amateur player in the talent rich area of South Florida, Greene endured a comparatively smooth transition to professional ball. He recorded just two hits in his first 15 at-bats with one RBI. After finding his footing, he turned it on over his final two weeks by hitting .333 (16-for-48) with six doubles all while learning a new outfield position after a high school career spent at shortstop.

"I was real pleased with the way I played. I don't pay attention to stats. I just worry about having good at-bats and I feel like I was hitting the ball well all summer. I feel like I was hitting consistent throughout the season," said Greene.

"The outfield transition was the biggest part for me because I've always been an infielder. That was what this season was all about. I think they know I can hit, but the coaches wanted me to use my speed to track the ball down. "

"They told me this first year was all about getting used to the outfield. After the Gulf Coast season I really felt like the outfield became natural for me. After instructs, the outfield feels as natural to me as it did when I was in the infield."

Greene, who could have gone higher based on talent but dropped on signability concerns, had been targeted by the Mets more than any other club. With non-prospects and organizational players filling out the higher level rosters, and few solid and projectable outfielders at the lower level, Greene's tools are necessary.

Speed, a slasher type, and a threat on the bases will allow Greene to make a difference early in his career, and is already hungry to get going in 2010.

"I'm ready to go to Spring Training right now (laughs)," said Greene. " It was a great year between the Gulf Coast League and Instructs and I feel like I'm ready for Spring Training already. The first year was fun and it was everything I expected to be. It was tough, a lot of work, but it was fun and I got a lot of it."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2009

Gulf Coast League

.286

63

18

0

5

8

2

7

10

.361

.397



Batting and Power: His peak offensive capabilities are still a long way out, but in his first season Greene showed good strike zone awareness and bat control. Those two traits, plus strong hands, will make him a quality contact hitter who can keep his hands back and smack the ball to all fields. Currently, he is a bit stiff at the plate and needs to develop a smoother motion, but he keeps his bat level and his bat speed should allow him to add some complimentary power as he grows stronger. However, he will never be a legitimate power and/or home run source. His best approach will be to drive the ball down the lines or into the gaps where he can take advantage of his speed. Abilities shown in his first season project Greene as a possible leadoff hitter.

Base Running and Speed: Greene is a plus runner whose speed gives him game changing tool that he can use as a weapon both on the bases and in the outfield. He has an athletic, strong build and good running form which is aided by a quick first step. He is fast from the first step and does not need to get to top end speed to make a difference. Given the opportunity, he can take an extra base virtually at will and put pressure on defenses. In the outfield, his speed allows him to cover huge swaths of ground with excellent range in both directions.

Defense: Greene was a shortstop in high school, but was immediately converted to the outfield upon being drafted. He saw time in all three outfield positions this season, but his speed and his average throwing arm project him up the middle considering range is his best asset. The amount of ground he can cover is almost unparalleled in the system. He gets good reads of the bat and aggressively chases down balls, willing to throw his body around to make the play.

Projection: His lack of power and run producing abilities will likely relegate Greene to a reserve role in which the team can use his speed and defense off the bench as a fourth outfielder. It is a safe projection as his speed and glove will certainly give him continued looks as a long as he hits for a respectable average at every level. Building a consistent line drive swing with power to the gaps, combined with his stolen base ability, will make him an ideal leadoff hitter. Early comparisons equal him to a right-handed version of Brett Gardner with a step less in overall speed.

ETA: 2013. Greene had a successful first summer in the Gulf Coast League, but we stay conservative and predict that he will open the 2010 season in short-season ball with Brooklyn. However, his speed and defense will make it enticing to get his movement going following another stint in short-season ball. Thus, we believe at some point he will appear in two levels which will open an opportunity to have him come off the bench for the Mets during the 2013 season.


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\r\nName: Chase Greene
\r\nDOB: April 22, 1990
\r\nHeight: 5'11\"
\r\nWeight: 180
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nStatus: 16th Round (2009) – West Boca Raton Community HS
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\r\nIn recent years, the Mets have held firm in their draft approach of not going over slot when selecting players. That pattern held true for much of the 2009 draft class, but the Mets made one of their few exceptions when they selected outfielder Chase Greene in the 16th round last June.
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\r\nThe athletically-gifted Greene was prepared to attend the University of South Florida, but a $125,000 signing bonus put him in a Mets uniform. His signing did not come as a big surprise as Greene was very familiar with the Mets organization since his junior year of high school.
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\r\nThe organization kept tabs on the outfielder, ultimately breaking stride and buying him out of his collegiate commitment. Greene was one of the late signees, not inking his deal until July 1. He was ultimately assigned close to home as he debuted in the Gulf Coast League.
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\r\nAs a successful amateur player in the talent rich area of South Florida, Greene endured a comparatively smooth transition to professional ball. He recorded just two hits in his first 15 at-bats with one RBI. After finding his footing, he turned it on over his final two weeks by hitting .333 (16-for-48) with six doubles all while learning a new outfield position after a high school career spent at shortstop.
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\r\n\"I was real pleased with the way I played. I don't pay attention to stats. I just worry about having good at-bats and I feel like I was hitting the ball well all summer. I feel like I was hitting consistent throughout the season,\" said Greene.
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\r\n\"The outfield transition was the biggest part for me because I've always been an infielder. That was what this season was all about. I think they know I can hit, but the coaches wanted me to use my speed to track the ball down. \"
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\r\n\"They told me this first year was all about getting used to the outfield. After the Gulf Coast season I really felt like the outfield became natural for me. After instructs, the outfield feels as natural to me as it did when I was in the infield.\"
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\r\nGreene, who could have gone higher based on talent but dropped on signability concerns, had been targeted by the Mets more than any other club. With non-prospects and organizational players filling out the higher level rosters, and few solid and projectable outfielders at the lower level, Greene's tools are necessary.
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\r\nSpeed, a slasher type, and a threat on the bases will allow Greene to make a difference early in his career, and is already hungry to get going in 2010.
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\r\n\"I'm ready to go to Spring Training right now (laughs),\" said Greene. \" It was a great year between the Gulf Coast League and Instructs and I feel like I'm ready for Spring Training already. The first year was fun and it was everything I expected to be. It was tough, a lot of work, but it was fun and I got a lot of it.\"
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\r\nBatting and Power: His peak offensive capabilities are still a long way out, but in his first season Greene showed good strike zone awareness and bat control. Those two traits, plus strong hands, will make him a quality contact hitter who can keep his hands back and smack the ball to all fields. Currently, he is a bit stiff at the plate and needs to develop a smoother motion, but he keeps his bat level and his bat speed should allow him to add some complimentary power as he grows stronger. However, he will never be a legitimate power and/or home run source. His best approach will be to drive the ball down the lines or into the gaps where he can take advantage of his speed. Abilities shown in his first season project Greene as a possible leadoff hitter.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed: Greene is a plus runner whose speed gives him game changing tool that he can use as a weapon both on the bases and in the outfield. He has an athletic, strong build and good running form which is aided by a quick first step. He is fast from the first step and does not need to get to top end speed to make a difference. Given the opportunity, he can take an extra base virtually at will and put pressure on defenses. In the outfield, his speed allows him to cover huge swaths of ground with excellent range in both directions.
\r\n
\r\nDefense: Greene was a shortstop in high school, but was immediately converted to the outfield upon being drafted. He saw time in all three outfield positions this season, but his speed and his average throwing arm project him up the middle considering range is his best asset. The amount of ground he can cover is almost unparalleled in the system. He gets good reads of the bat and aggressively chases down balls, willing to throw his body around to make the play.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: His lack of power and run producing abilities will likely relegate Greene to a reserve role in which the team can use his speed and defense off the bench as a fourth outfielder. It is a safe projection as his speed and glove will certainly give him continued looks as a long as he hits for a respectable average at every level. Building a consistent line drive swing with power to the gaps, combined with his stolen base ability, will make him an ideal leadoff hitter. Early comparisons equal him to a right-handed version of Brett Gardner with a step less in overall speed.
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\r\nETA: 2013. Greene had a successful first summer in the Gulf Coast League, but we stay conservative and predict that he will open the 2010 season in short-season ball with Brooklyn. However, his speed and defense will make it enticing to get his movement going following another stint in short-season ball. Thus, we believe at some point he will appear in two levels which will open an opportunity to have him come off the bench for the Mets during the 2013 season.
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