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Taking a Look at the Early Progress of Riley Greene

Michael Balko
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Riley Greene has gotten off to a hot start since his promotion to the AA Erie SeaWolves, and the early progress he has made has drawn the attention of every Detroit Tigers fan near and far.

Riley Greene (number one prospect on the Motor City Bengals board) is extremely impressive in the field and with the bat, which is remarkable considering the youthful age of just 20 years old for the 2019 fifth overall draft pick. Greene has been seeing the ball exceptionally well early into his Double-A stint, and he could be called up to Triple-A Toledo sooner rather than later.

Greene has a solid batting average of .273 so far this season and he has impressed Erie natives with his ability to get on base consistently. While Greene’s average is appealing, his on-base percentage of .367 seems to be par for the course for him in his professional baseball career. Riley Greene is great at doing one thing that the big league club struggles to do consistently, which is getting on base.

While fans may be calling for an early promotion for Greene, fans need to remember that he is just 20 years old with a lot of room for growth. Greene has gotten off to a very hot start, but the team needs to be sure that he can sustain that success over a longer time span before thrusting him to Triple-A ball where he’ll face MLB guys on a daily basis.

Greene could still use a bit more glove work, despite his fantastic fielding plays he’s made over the past week, as the young prospect has two fielding errors from the field this season. The young outfielder is certainly drawing loads of attention with his hot bat and highlight-reel plays in center, but I wouldn’t expect to see him in a Detroit Tigers uniform this season.

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A more likely scenario could warrant a late July call-up to Triple-A if Greene is still torching Double-A pitchers deep, and seeing Greene conclude his second professional season in Triple-A could be a logical option. The Tigers shouldn’t rush Riley Greene up to the big leagues and waste his development as they’ve done with other prospects in the past, and Greene could thrive in the Show once he has been fully and adequately developed. There’s a lot to love with Riley Greene in the organization, and the future is bright in Detroit.

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