Tigers Prospect Profile: Dean Green

Despite going under the radar after transferring to Barry University for his senior season, Dean Green got snagged by the Tigers in the 11th round and is off to a red hot start as a pro in Connecticut.

Dean Green
Position:First Baseman
Height: 6-4
Weight: 260
Born: 6/30/1989
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Background
Green was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 while at Oklahoma State where he was a regular starter at first base for the Cowboys. After a strong junior season and solid campaign on the Cape Cod League, Green transferred to Barry University for his senior year.

In his lone season at Barry, Green was a consensus All-American after mashing his way to a .400 average and .528 slugging percentage. He drove in 77 runs while ripping 18 doubles and 19 home runs for the Bucs.

After such a standout season, the Tigers made Green their 11th round choice in the June draft and assigned him to Connecticut in the New York-Penn league right out of the gate.

Scouting Report
Physically, Green is a mammoth man. He stands an imposing 6-foot-4 and fills out his frame with 260 pounds of mass. He's not an overtly muscular 6-foot-4 beast and some scouts are concerned about his conditioning.

With his size and below-average athleticism, Green lacks agility at first base and is a below-average defender with poor range and mediocre footwork around the bag. He is a well below-average runner and there are some concerns he could become a bit of a base clogger.

Enough about what Green cannot do, because what he can do is impressive. Green is a natural hitter with excellent hands and barrel awareness. He adjusts to all types of pitches on the fly and can adjust from at-bat to at-bat throughout the game. He is rarely fooled by secondary pitches and even when he is, his natural contact ability will often let him foul off difficult pitches and stay alive for one he can drive.

Green offers plus power potential from the left side. He shows a willingness to use the entire field to his advantage and can drive balls from pole to pole without trouble. His power is the result of both raw strength and solid-average bat speed

With his hitting ability and strength, Green could blast at least 25 home runs annually, giving him some potential for significant offensive upside.

Overall Green is a bat only prospect that will likely be limited to DH duty as he advanced through the minor leagues. If his bat stalls at all, his prospect status will plummet instantly. If he continues to hit, he will continue to maintain a small window for big league success as a designated hitter or left-handed bench bat.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

SS-A

Connecticut

130

.331

8

3

19

22

10

.387

.477


Health Record
Green has had no major injuries throughout his career though scouts fear that his body type could break down quickly and deteriorate rapidly with just one moderately serious ailment.

The Future
Green's promotion potential within the system will be dictated entirely by his bat and how other prospects hit in front of him. If he continues to rake, then he will advance quickly and could see Lakeland sometime in 2012.

With his solid approach to hitting and natural ability, Green shouldn't require extensive time to adjust to any level of competition as he moves up and as a result, could move quickly to the upper rungs. If everything breaks well for him, Green's bat could put him in line for a big league opportunity as early as 2014.

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