With that in mind, the Yankees promoted righthander Shane Greene to start Monday night against Cleveland.
Drafted in the 15th round out of Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC (now Daytona State JC) in 2009, Greene became the first big leaguer from the school when he made his debut in April against the Red Sox. It did not go well. Greene walked three of the five hitters he faced and was ultimately charged with three runs in one-third of an inning. He returned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he’s had an up-and-down season, going 5-2, 4.61 in 15 games (13 starts) with a 1.58 WHIP.
Greene pitched 13 shutout innings over his past two Triple-A starts, though he walked five in that span. He had Tommy John surgery in 2008, and he made mechanical adjustments prior to 2013 that got him more on-line to the plate, and mental adjustments to pitch more to the middle of the plate and let his stuff take over. Those changes helped Greene lower his walk rate from 5.1 per nine innings in 2012 to 1.7 across two levels in 2013.
This year, however, he’s walked 26 in 66 innings and given up 79 hits. His low home run rate has helped diffuse his ERA somewhat. He features a three-pitch mix that includes a 90-94 mph fastball with good angle from his crossfire delivery, a plus slider that ranges between 82-88 and a developing changeup.
What To Expect
Greene has an opportunity to seize if he can offer even a league-average, No. 5 starter-caliber performance. The Yankees are wary of Whitley’s innings cap and would like to relegate him to the bullpen, and the system offers little in the way of reinforcements at this time. So Greene will be given every chance to stick in the rotation, at least until the Yankees are able to swing another deal.
Greene has deception in his delivery that could help his tick-above-average fastball. With the Yankees’ inconsistent offense, don’t expect Greene to rack up many wins for fantasy owners, and if he pitches as he did in Triple-A this year, then he could be a WHIP killer as well.