Date of Birth: 10/11/1992
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 3rd Round
Ranking History: N/A
Background: An experienced catching prospect out of Alabama, Greiner was drafted with around a half million dollar slot associated with his third round draft spot.
Body: Tall; strong; very physical frame; good muscle tone; mature; impressive body; room for additional strength; good athlete for his size.
Hit: Not a bat-speed oriented swing; gets long to and through the zone; surprising feel for the barrel and will make consistent contact; contact won't always be loud; improving pitch recognition skills and willingness to go deeper in counts; longer swing lends to more a pull presence; needs to use opposite field more frequently to make best use of tool; consistent premium velocity in pro ball could be an issue with longer swing; still developing at the plate; needs multi-grade jump for tool to play consistently at everyday level; likely below-average to fringe hitter long term. Grade – Present 3/Future 4+
Power: Strength is present; can drive the ball in BP; power really stands out when he extends his arms; power plays mostly to pull side; above-average raw but plays down in games because of under-developed hit tool; with fringe hit tool at peak, power could play to average level; reasonable scenario involves 10-15 home runs supplemented by doubles. Grade – 4+/5
Speed: Below-average down the line; speed is not part of game; will continue to slow as catching takes a toll; won't be factor in game throughout career. Grade – 4/3
Defense: Most impressive tool; really strong defender with potential to continue improving with pro instruction; already handles premium velocity and high-quality secondary pitches with ease; strong wrists; firm with the ball and avoids drift; good target for pitchers; moves well side to side despite size; can drop and block; footwork is good on throws; release can be slow and will need to develop ability to gun runners at highest level; commands pitching staff well; excellent glove with plus potential as he adjusts to pro game. Grade – 5/6
Arm: Above-average raw strength; throws are on a line and accurate; throws down to the bag; gives his fielders a chance to make the play at second base; arm plays down a half tick because of slower release; should play to raw strength with pro instruction and continued development. Grade – 5/5+
Other: Heady player; excellent leadership ability on the field; highly competitive.
Summary: Very strong defender; glove can carry profile to MLB level; arm is strong; very good leader; total defensive package; typical catcher speed; above-average raw power but doesn't manifest in games due to developing hit tool; long swing that may prevent hitting at more than a below-average level; potential .250 hitter with pop and excellent defense; strong makeup.
Risk: Moderate risk; Higher floor player with relatively low ceiling; questions surrounding hit tool prevent him from being low risk.
Projection: Should move relatively quickly through the system; hit tool will need a couple of years to continue developing; potential for similar developmental path as James McCann; backup catcher profile without much development; potential to be solid regular if hit tool even approaches average level; defense will always be the calling card.
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