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Tyler Greene – Dark Horse at 3B?

February 14, 2010 | Clark | Comments 2

All seems fairly tranquil in redbird nation.  The rotation has one question at the five spot, the bullpen really needs an experienced, hard throwing option to spell Franklin and it’s up to a rookie to man the hot corner – but which Rookie?

With Holliday back in the fold, the cards are going to give Freese first shot at third.  I could care less about the off season mistakes (to a point), I just want to see what the kid can do on the field.  I think there’s sneaky good defense and 15-20 homers if things go well.  If they don’t, then the man stick Allen Craig might be an option, but questions about his defense abound.

Enter Tyler Greene, who recently noted the third base job was open and he wanted in.  He doesn’t have Freese-like numbers in AAA, but they aren’t as bad as you think.  2009 saw a .291 avg., 15 homers and 30, yes 30 stolen bases in 336 at bats.  That should put the former first round pick on your radar.  Here’s what I like even more, if you look at his stats, they get better as he faces better competition.

Greene will be 26 this year, so he’s getting a little old to be a prospect, but it wouldn’t be there first time the light went on after a few years.

I keep hearing he’s going to end up a utility player, but I’m starting to wonder if there’s more there?  Time will tell, but he’s one player I’m going to keep an eye on this spring.

Clark

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  1. mriehn says:

    I definitely think Greene is a darkhorse starter, but could it be at shortstop? Brendan Ryan’s wrist injury scares me. I could see the injury limiting his offense so much in 2010 that his supurb defense may not carry the stick.

    Either way, it’s good to have Greene around!

  2. I could see the injury limiting his offense so much in 2010 that his supurb defense may not carry the stick.

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