April 30, 2009

Tyler Greene -- AAA Memphis Redbirds Stats

Tyler Greene just got called to the Bigs by St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa.

What necessitated the call-up were injuries to both Brendan Ryan (15-day DL, mild hamstring strain) and Khalil Greene (day-to-day, forearm stiffness).

T. Greene's Triple-A Memphis Redbirds numbers:
(NOTE: Remember, always treat stats like a stock prospectus; past results are no guarantee of future performance)

  • So far, for Memphis, Greene has played in 19 games. Only teammates' Jon Jay and Nick Stavinoha have played is as many games.

  • Greene is second on the Redbirds in ABs with 71. Jon Jay has 72.

  • The Redbirds will miss Greene for scoring; he leads the team with a dozen.

  • Greene also leads the Redbirds in hits with 21; Allen Craig has 20.

  • Greene's 21-for-71 gives him a .296 batting average, third best on the team. Allen Craig (.313) and Shane Robinson (.375) are higher.

  • Greene has one double and the only triple on the team.

  • Two home runs puts Greene in a four-way tie with Allen Craig, Nick Stavinoha, and Jarrett Hoffpauir.

  • Greene's nine RBIs are second on the Redbirds to Nick Stavinoha's 15.

  • Greene leads the Redbirds in total bases with 30.

  • A dozen walks and 17 strikeouts makes Greene the team leader in both categories.

  • Greene is the best base stealer on the Redbirds with seven to date.

  • Greene's OBP is .412, third on the Redbirds behind Casey Rowlett (.417) and Shane Robinson (434).

  • As far as slugging percentage, Greene is at .423, third on the Redbirds; Allen Craig (.453); Shane Robinson (.479).

  • Greene's .834 OPS puts him behind Allen Craig (.842) and Shane Robinson (.913).

  • Greene's leads the Redbirds in errors with four.

Greene's Triple-A numbers seem okay for that level, and given the nature of the call-up, you might look at his stats and say, "Not bad ... not bad."

Of course, there's no telling how Greene will respond at the major league level. Then again, that's the fun and excitement of a prospect getting a shot.

Greene is more power-oriented than most shortstops, which is how the parent club likes their position players. It's almost a sad statement on the big league club, but it seems there's always something wrong with a player if he can't produce mega-numbers in the power department, no matter what position he plays. Or maybe it just seems that way, because those who live ass-deep in stats tend to be satisfied only as the numbers get bigger and bigger.

What can be reasonably gleaned from these numbers is that Greene doesn't offer a lot of contact, yet is willing to take a walk. An analyzer of stats might be hard pressed to make his OBP transfer in any meaningful way to the Bigs, where pitchers won't be nibbling as much as enticing him into swinging at trash.

His slugging percentage could be higher for Triple-AAA, but the season's early in that neck of the Affiliate Forest, too.

Forget OPS, a stat for those hungry for the biggest numbers possible, or if you just like to say, Wow, now and again.

Much more important to me (since I was lucky enough to see some video on T. Greene's swing) is whether he has made any adjustment to a pre-launch hitch in his swing. He's strong enough to punish any highball mistakes, but those will come less and less with the big boys. It would surprise me if he could catch up to anything fast and low. He may hack at the inner low fast, but may even freeze on outer low fast.

In any case, pitcher's will show him fast balls, mix one off-speed (for show or for strike) and that'll just about finish his AB. A standard up and in, low and away pattern should suffice.

To be more positive, I would like nothing better than for T. Greene than to make mince-meat out of my projections. And he very well could. My analysis is based on old video. Possibly a lot has changed since then.

And I would tend to agree that T. Greene could yet be the shortstop of the Cardinals' future. He'll need to do some big league proving, though, that's for sure.

These Triple-A numbers are fun to tinker with, but remember that the only thing that means squat in Washington is how well he performs.

photo by Barbara Moore