The Tigers traded their No. 5 and No. 7 prospects for Shane Greene. You’re reaction was probably similar to mine: Who?
Bless You Boys actually has a post titled: Who is Shane Greene? You can go there to get stats. For a review of how he plays, go find a number of other people who have A.) Seen him play and B.) knew they were watching him play. They can tell you whether it was a good idea for the Tigers to give up two of their best prospects in their shallow farm system in order to acquire a bottom-of-the-rotation starter.
(My two cents: I get why they did it. They’re trying to win now. Greene has a full season in the bigs while Robbie Ray doesn’t. Greene and Ray are both arbitration- and free-agent eligible at the same time. Detroit will gets more major league use out of Greene than they do Ray and they get it starting next year.)
Here, we’re looking for pure entertainment value. Will Greene be worth watching?
For that, we need to go to the one place that provides more entertainment than any other thing in the world: YouTube.
It’s time for another YouTube video scouting report.
Greene was a rookie last year, so that’s not much that we have. The journey starts off with a 2:43 video of him going 7 1/3 innings and striking out nine against the Orioles.
OK, so Greene can get nasty. The strikeout pitch at 0:30 would make a priest blush and the one at 0:38 is even better. I also enjoyed the pitches at 0:55, 1:24, 1:41 and 1:53, especially the one at 1:53.
I’m already on the Shane Greene bandwagon. He’s got the ability to throw a pitch that makes you go, “Oooo” at least once a game. Rod Allen is going to enjoy him. He’ll get his fair share of “I see you” praises. This is a good start. Next video.
A quick recap of 0:11 – 0:17: Greene fields a ground ball, runs until he’s 15 feet away from first base, and THROWS AN UNDERHAND LOB INTO THE CROWD.