Greene led the organization with a combined 33 stolen bases in 2006.
Cardinals Prospect #16 - Tyler Greene
Greene falls eight spots from a year ago to No. 16 for 2007
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Dec 25, 2006

Cardinals Prospect #16 - Tyler Greene

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Greene led the organization with a combined 33 stolen bases in 2006.

Scout.com Player Profile

2006 Ranking: 8

Position: SS

DOB: 8/17/1983

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Georgia Tech

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the first round (30th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $1,100,000 signing bonus.
 

2006

AVG.

AB

H

2B 3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP.

SLG

OPS

P.B. .224 268 60 10 1 5 19 38 22 29 90 .308 .325 .633
Q.C. .287 223 64 8 3 15 47 42 11 20 65 .375 .552 .927
Totals .253 491 124 18 4 20 66 80 33 49 155 .339 .428 .766

Staff Comments

Jason Scott (16): Greene fell eight spots to No. 16 in my rankings this year. Ending a season at a lower level than they finished the previous season is never a good thing for a player, and that's exactly what Greene did in 2006. He did quite well after his demotion to Quad Cities, hitting .287/.375/.552 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI, but he still struck out 65 times in 64 games. One bright spot in his season, however, was that he led the organization with 33 stolen bases, getting caught just three times. The key for Greene to move up the system will be improving his plate discipline.

Leonda Markee (23): After reviewing my ranking of Tyler Greene and comparing that ranking with others, I think I ranked him a bit low.  I placed him as my 11th-best position prospect, just behind Mark Hamilton and those two should probably be flipped.  However, I still have Greene behind Daryl Jones when ranking position prospects and think a drop from my 2005 ranking of 6th is entirely merited.

Greene's overall 2006 performance was a disappointment, particularly so for a first-round draft pick.  After skipping Quad Cities by going from short A New Jersey to A-Advanced Palm Beach in 2005, Greene began 2006 at Palm Beach.  He struggled there for about a half of a season before being re-assigned to Quad Cities on June 30th.  His numbers improved while with the Swing but certain areas remain of a concern.  Greene's average strikeouts per at bat went from 1:2.98 at Palm Beach to 1:3.43 at Quad Cities which is marginal.  His walk rate decreased from 1:10.45 plate appearances to 1:12.8 plate appearances.  Greene did average a home run every 24.5 at bats which was good for 8th place among batters with 200 or more at bats in St. Louis' minor league system.  For Greene's sake I hope the Cardinals do not try and start him in Springfield to start 2007 because he does not appear to be ready.  Let him succeed at Palm Beach first.

Ray Mileur (14): Greene, a sandwich pick in the first round of the 2005, was sent back down to low-A Quad Cities this season after struggling at high-A Palm Beach. He didn't play nearly as well as we expected. He struggled at the plate when he made it to Palm Beach, hitting just .224/.308/.325.

Greene's defense though inconsistent at times and baserunning are already big league ready. At the plate he is too pull-conscious and swings and misses too often. He is still one of the top five athletes in the system and clearly has potential to be a major league shortstop, but I don't expect a break through year this season.

There was some expectations that Greene would be playing for Double-A Springfield this season, but it's more likely that he'll be returned to the Palm Beach Cardinals to start the season.

Brian Walton (11): Perhaps I am unique to have not yet hopped off this bandwagon, but I don't think so, as Greene just missed my top ten. The 23-year-old's size, speed and baserunning skills are not changing despite perhaps being moved up too quickly initially.

I also remain optimistic that the 2005 first-rounder can correct his well-documented problems at the plate, which include an inside-out swing and a lack of discipline at times. Another caution is that some have accused Greene of being a mistake hitter only.

The resultant contact problems contributed to a disappointing early 2006, before he recovered to hit .287 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI for Quad Cities. Greene still fanned 155 times in 491 at-bats overall between the Swing and Palm Beach. His 33 stolen bases paced the system. 

Whether Greene's offense can translate to a major league career at the shortstop position or at all remains debatable, despite being credible in both arm and range. He made 33 errors in 2006 compared to 18 the season before.

Greene should have at least a chance to make Springfield during 2007, but it would probably be best if he starts the season back at Palm Beach.

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