No not the infielder that played 46 games for the Yankees in 2006, we’re talking about the 21-year old that started his minor league career on the wrong foot, but found himself in Charleston.
Originally drafted in the 35th round by the Yanks in 2013, Nick Green opted to attend Indian Hills Community College for one season as opposed to professional ball.
He was then taken by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round of the 2014 draft and signed a $5K signing bonus, but was brought back to New York as one of the pieces in the Carlos Beltran trade from last year’s deadline.
In five starts between Staten Island and Single-A Charleston, Green went 4-1 while only surrendering four runs in 27.2 innings of work (1.30 ERA) and maintaining an opponent’s slash line of .200/.245/.250.
In three minor league seasons in the Texas organization, the righty owned a 6-8 record and 5.15 ERA (108.1 IP, 100 H).
Green’s fastball was one of the main causes of his success in 2016 as it not only averages 93-95 miles per hour but contains good sinking action. He also compliments it with a curveball and changeup — two pitches in dire need of seasoning.
2017 will be a big year for the kid, as he will enter his first full season in the system. Green will be heading to Charleston again in hopes to become a promising arm in a system that hasn’t had a ton of luck producing starters.