Shane Greene is a guy that the Yankees really like. He has the prototypical pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. He has eye-popping stuff, with a fastball that sits in the low to mid 90s and a nasty slider that he can locate on both sides of the plate. His pure stuff drew rave reviews from Scranton catcher Austin Romine.
"The guy's got electric stuff," Romine said. "He's throwing at 94-95, he's got a pretty good slider that he can throw to both sides of the plate, and he's working on a changeup that's coming along real nice.
The big righty has been working on adding to his repertoire this season as well.
"Specifically, I've been working on a curveball, so if we can get that going a little bit better I think its going to help," Greene said.
The big league club has taken notice of Greene's ability. He made his major league debut on April 24th, throwing 1/3rd of an inning, walking three, and allowing three unearned runs. Despite the undesirable debut, Greene enjoyed his first taste of the majors.
"Overall it was a dream come true. The first couple days were a little overwhelming being in the city and whatnot, but overall it was awesome," Greene said.
Historically, the trouble with Greene has been with location. However, he improved his walk-rate from 5.1 walks per nine innings in 2012 to 1.7 walker per nine innings last season. He is hoping to continue this trend.
"Last year I made a huge improvement with my walks, but if I can make an improvement even on that, I know at the end of the year everything will be there," Greene said.
"I want two or less walks per start and never go less than five innings once I get my pitch count up."
After not pitching very often at the beginning of the 2014 season, Greene, who has just 12.2 innings this season compared to 44.2 innings at the same point last season, has found himself nestled in the Railriders starting rotation.
He doesn't feel like the missed time has affected him too much, but hopes more regular appearances will help him get in to a groove.
"Getting out there and pitching on a regular basis has definitely helped me not only feel better, but I think with my confidence a little bit too," Greene added.
Certainty, it isn't the stuff that's holding Greene back. But after a rough outing on Saturday, May 10th in which Greene lasted only three innings while allowing six runs [three earned] and walking four, his Triple-A ERA rose to a bloated 5.68.
His catcher feels that outings like this are only a minor bump in the road for the 25-year old pitcher. Surely, the organization is hoping Romine is right.
"I feel like he's had some good solid outings the last couple times, [Saturday] was just a little off day," Romine said. "I know he's making a lot of big strides and he's coming along very nicely.
"It's just throwing strikes for him. If we can get him in the zone throwing strikes and stuff, it's going to be pretty electric," he finished.
Greene Still Looking to Find His Groove
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