Sunday, February 19, 2017

Meet a Prospect: Chad Green

Chad Green was the second prospect that the Detroit Tigers sent to the New York Yankees in the Justin Wilson trade before the 2016 regular season but he was the first to reach the Major Leagues and the first to reach the Yankees starting rotation.... and boy did he not disappoint. The other prospect, Luis Cessa, we will introduce you to again later this month. This is Meet a Prospect: The Chad Green Edition.

Chad Green is 24 years old, will be 25 years old on May 24, and has a great right-handed pitcher’s frame standing at 6’3” and 210 lbs. Green entered the 2015 season ranked as the Detroit Tigers 12th best prospect, although Baseball Prospectus gave him a C+ grade on their rankings. Green was an 11th round pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Players Draft out of Louisville.

Green has long arms, long legs and has the build to be a durable power pitcher for quite some time. He throws from a ¾ arm slot across his body and has above-average arm speed. Green can touch 94 MPH with his fastball but sits comfortably at 92-93 MPH. BP gave Green a 55 rating out of 80 with a future of 60 on his fastball, also known as nothing to write home about.

Green sports a low 90’s fastball but his biggest downfall may be the effectiveness of his secondary pitches. Some of this may be because it is easy to detect and pick up the ball out of his hand due to a long arm extension and straight up and down delivery. Green is said to have below average command on his fastball and secondary pitches and projects to be an organizational prospect in my opinion.

Green's 2016 season ended prematurely when an elbow injury ended his season after posting a 2-4 record with a 4.73 ERA. Green sprained, he did not tear, his flexor tendon and his ulnar collateral ligament and should be ready to pitch in 2017. If he is, and all signs point to the fact that he is, he could slide right back into his starting rotation spot for the Yankees this season.

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