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    Brodie Greene

    As we start ranking the prospects, I thought I'd start a thread to discuss possibly the most overlooked prospect in the Reds system. Brodie Greene had an overall line of .287/.343/.433/.775 with 14 HR (42 XBH) and 38 SB with 9 CS. These numbers were mostly accumulated in Bakersfield, so its hard to judge based solely on them. FWIW, he's off to a fast start in the AFL with 8 hits in 23 AB including a walk and a HR for a small sample OPS of .853.

    Greene was a fourth round pick from Texas A&M in 2010 and went straight to A+ and never played in Dayton. I think he gets less discussion on the minor league board since so many locals haven't really seen him. He's played all over the diamond with games at 2B, SS and 3B and all three OF spots. Everybody has seen Chris Valaika and Todd Frazier, there is some buzz on the board around Henry Rodriguez and Didi Gregorious and some special things being done at the lower levels by Billy Hamilton and Ronald Torreyes, so Greene and fellow high round 2010 MI pick Devin Lohman get lost in the shuffle. With 2012 having the Reds with unproven Zach Cozart at SS and Brandon Phillips possibly in his final season at 2B, the MI depth is crucial going forward. I think that the Reds sending him to the AFL implies that he's highly regarded.

    So, what is the projection for Greene? Is his defense legit? Can he play SS in the big leagues? If not, could he handle 2B? Is he more of a super utility type or is he simply moving around because he can handle it and the other guys in the crowd need more development at their probable positions or is his glove weak and the team is simply trying to find a spot for him? What are his offensive tools? Does he project to have a little pop as his .433 Slugging Percentage suggests or is that a Bakersfield mirage? Is he projected to make contact as he goes up the ladder or is he just more advanced than A+ competitiion as a 4 year college guy with some polish?

    Here is a link to the Scouting report that Mario-Rijo posted when he was drafted, but I'd like some more opinions from guys closer to the minor league system or guys who've seen him play a few times (or anyone else really).

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showp...30&postcount=5

    Any information that anyone has would be much appreciated.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    I don't have any special insight, but I have liked Greene as a utility guy since his first year in pro ball. No doubt the Cal League inflated his SLG, but the number was still encouraging in terms of how well he might hit in GAB someday (a Cal League-like place to play).

    I will say that Jocketty has a history (from STL) of installing gritty, unspectacular players at 2B. Greene fits that profile, so I would not be all that surprised if he gets a shot at that job in 2013 or 14, if Phillips is not extended.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    I don't have any special insight, but I have liked Greene as a utility guy since his first year in pro ball. No doubt the Cal League inflated his SLG, but the number was still encouraging in terms of how well he might hit in GAB someday (a Cal League-like place to play).

    I will say that Jocketty has a history (from STL) of installing gritty, unspectacular players at 2B. Greene fits that profile, so I would not be all that surprised if he gets a shot at that job in 2013 or 14, if Phillips is not extended.
    Based on very little information and not much more than a hunch, I think I agree with you. There have been rumblings about Henry Rodriguez' heart and head and the reports about his defense have been varied from one end of the spectrum to the other. I just get this Felipe Lopez vibe about him. At this point I'm wondering if Greene isn't a better alternative.

    Its all pretty thin, but Greene has my vote for this year's sleeper prospect and I'm probably going to fit him somewhere in the 15 to 20 range on my list (of course that was a jinx, or at least a big misread, last year when I put Kris Negron at 14).
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Its all pretty thin, but Greene has my vote for this year's sleeper prospect and I'm probably going to fit him somewhere in the 15 to 20 range on my list (of course that was a jinx, or at least a big misread, last year when I put Kris Negron at 14).
    I agree with you. I had the same read on Negron. It will be interesting to see if they keep him on the 40-man this offseason.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    With Negron, does anyone think that him playing about 6 positions on defense could have hurt his full season debut in AAA? I do. He could recover next year, for sure, if they play him only at SS or 2b.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Quote Originally Posted by mdccclxix View Post
    With Negron, does anyone think that him playing about 6 positions on defense could have hurt his full season debut in AAA? I do. He could recover next year, for sure, if they play him only at SS or 2b.
    A few things could be at fault. He really lost his plate approach. His walk rate fell apart, at a far and away career low of 4.7%. His strikeout rate went up, but I think those two go hand in hand there. He was far more aggressive this season. His BABIP dropped off about 60 points from last year to this year.

    I think that the change in approach could have led to all three things. If he is able to find his approach in 2012, I think he could return to the guy he was in Carolina.

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    Re: Brodie Greene

    saw 3 games when Greene was at A&M, he reminded me of Cozart, he was the heart and soul of that team, batted 3rd played SS, his arm was solid he got to balls he shouldve gotten to, Im was impressed. At the plate he slammed the ball into the gaps, he looked good IMO, if you look back at my post back when he was drafted I said the same thing

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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    saw 3 games when Greene was at A&M, he reminded me of Cozart, he was the heart and soul of that team, batted 3rd played SS, his arm was solid he got to balls he shouldve gotten to, Im was impressed. At the plate he slammed the ball into the gaps, he looked good IMO, if you look back at my post back when he was drafted I said the same thing
    Thanks for the observation.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Our upper-level system (A+ to AAA) seems to be filled to the brim with low-upside middle infield prospect depth. Cozart, Valaika, H-Rod, Gregorious, Greene, Lohman, and up until recently Negron all look like future major leaguers, but they all seem like more or less the same player: Solid defense, some pop, decent average, all profiling somewhere between utility infielder and MLB average starters, with a good chance to reach it. I like Greene, but he's low on the totem pole and has quite a lot of company to distinguish himself from.

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    Re: Brodie Greene

    you dont have to worry about Greene not leaving every ounce of energy and effort on the field, he will be a leader, at A&M he was a pure leader and plays the game hard

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    Re: Brodie Greene

    This from Fangraph's Nov 4 notes

    Batting Leaderboard
    Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League (AFL). SCOUT represents an attempt to derive something meaningful from small samples and is the average of a player’s standard deviations from the AFL mean in three important (and regressed) stats: walk rate, strikeout rate, and home-run rate....

    ...Notes
    • Newest to the top-10 AFL batting leaderboard is Cincinnati middle-infield prospect Brodie Greene. Greene, 24, has made his way up the charts predominantly by virtue of his strikeout prevention. Greene made the bulk of his appearances in 2011 in the the High-A California League — a league for which he skewed old
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    See this link for the leaderboard and the article, but Greene is 9th by this metric.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...-november-4th/

    There is a link insde the article about the metric which predicted that Kris Negron's 2010 AFL was probably over rated (and looks to be correct at this point). BTW, Brad Boxberger is rated at the top of the pitching board for this metric.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    In 80+ PAs now in the AFL, Greene's line is .301/.386/.466/.851. I have to wonder if the Red are going to use the 100+ PAs in the AFL as a substitute for AA for Greene. Greene is 24 already and with Didi and H-Rod in the middle IF at AA and Chris Valaika a little iffy for the start of the season, maybe Greene jumping to AAA makes some sense.

    The Reds need to have some viable alternatives getting ready for the MI in 2012. SS will be manned by a promising, but unproven kid and 2B may be an open spot in need of options for 2013. Given his age, nice season in A+, his positive performance in the AFL and the Reds' situation in the majors, I think it makes sense to skip a level and start Greene off in AAA. Both Greene and Negron can play a lot of positions and with Valiaka iffy and Mike Griffin and Eric Eyman gone, Greene at AAA in 2012 makes a lot of sense to me.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Greene is 24 already and with Didi and H-Rod in the middle IF at AA and Chris Valaika a little iffy for the start of the season, maybe Greene jumping to AAA makes some sense.
    You may be right, but I think HRod 's performance at AA in 2011 makes him an equally good candidate for moving to Louisville. The age difference, as you point out, could be the tiebreaker.
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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    In 80+ PAs now in the AFL, Greene's line is .301/.386/.466/.851. I have to wonder if the Red are going to use the 100+ PAs in the AFL as a substitute for AA for Greene. Greene is 24 already and with Didi and H-Rod in the middle IF at AA and Chris Valaika a little iffy for the start of the season, maybe Greene jumping to AAA makes some sense.

    The Reds need to have some viable alternatives getting ready for the MI in 2012. SS will be manned by a promising, but unproven kid and 2B may be an open spot in need of options for 2013. Given his age, nice season in A+, his positive performance in the AFL and the Reds' situation in the majors, I think it makes sense to skip a level and start Greene off in AAA. Both Greene and Negron can play a lot of positions and with Valiaka iffy and Mike Griffin and Eric Eyman gone, Greene at AAA in 2012 makes a lot of sense to me.
    Can Greene play SS? Valaika should be back by opening day, and he will play second for the bats. Negron should not be a starter, so H-Rod's ability to play SS is a huge advantage.

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    Re: Brodie Greene

    Quote Originally Posted by batsfan View Post
    Can Greene play SS? Valaika should be back by opening day, and he will play second for the bats. Negron should not be a starter, so H-Rod's ability to play SS is a huge advantage.
    Valaika is a better shortstop then H-Rod is.


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