"I need to be more consistent," the native of Clermont, Fla., said. "I try to throw that first pitch strike and try to work ahead in the count. I have to try to mix up my pitches to keep the batters guessing."
Though the season is still young, and after 14 starts last season, Greene has experienced two starts so far this season. In his first outing, against the Lexington Legends on the road, he went six innings and surrendered only four hits, one earned run, and scattered three strikeouts in a winning effort.
His second start came against the Greenville Drive, also on the road, and it was one he would soon like to forget. Going only three innings, the right-hander allowed seven runs on as many hits, but this early in the season it is to be expected that players will go through some struggles physically, and such was the case with Greene.
"At the very beginning of spring training my arm was bothering me a little bit," he said, indicating that it wasn't anything serious. "Just a little early season fatigue," he called it.
Other than resting his arm there are a few other adjustments Greene would like to make before his next start; trying to improve on his 2-8 record of a year ago.
He is focusing on getting his fastball across for strikes, and at the same time keeping it low in zone so that hitters can't tee off on it. A big part of his game is trying to keep the hitters off balance by, as he said, "mixing up pitches and trying to keep them guessing."
Being predictable is what doomed him in his last outing, falling behind in the count and having to rely on his fastball, which led to his inability to mix up his pitches.
As the long grind of the 140-game season wears on, there are many things a pitcher works on, but the underlying theme for Greene this season is once again consistency.
"(I'm) Working hard in the bullpen, listening to my pitching coach Carlos Chantres, and staying ahead of hitters," Greene said as he listed his objectives.
If Greene can continue to work on his mechanics and make these minor adjustments on the fly, he could have a very successful season. Only time will tell.
Greene Working On Mixing It Up
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