Greene Continues Solid Season For Reds In AFL
CINCINNATI—Reds scouting director Chris Buckley doesn't let tools become the overwhelming factor in whom he picks in the draft.
"I'm big on baseball players," Buckley said. "I like guys who can do a lot of things on a baseball field."
Brodie Greene falls into that category. Greene, a 21-year-old infielder, was the club's fourth-round pick in 2010 out of Texas A&M. The Reds drafted Greene after his senior year. He was the 37th-round pick of the Phillies in 2009 but did not sign.
The Reds started him at high Class A Lynchburg in 2010, when he hit .269/.327/.330 in 70 games. He began this year at high Class A again, hitting .287/.344/.436 with 14 home runs, 79 RBIs and 36 steals in 126 games. That earned him a promotion to Double-A Carolina, where he went 5-for-18 (.278) in five games.
"He had a very good year," Buckley said. "He runs well. He's got some pop. We think he can be a very solid player."
Greene was sent to the Arizona Fall League following the season. Through 16 games, he was hitting .295/.386/.492 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Greene played shortstop at A&M. He has split time between there and second base as a professional, and has also played third.
"He can play shortstop," Buckley said. "But (field coordinator) Freddie Benavides and (infield instructor) Billy Doran think second base is better fit for him. It gives him as a better chance to play every day."
Greene falls into the same category as Chris Valaika and Todd Frazier. Both were drafted as shortstops by the Reds but now play elsewhere. They also fit in the "baseball player" category that Buckley likes so well.
• Catcher Yasmani Grandal's season in the AFL ended after just three games. Grandal injured a finger on his left hand while warming up a pitcher. After it was too sore for him to play over the next week, the Reds shut him down and sent him home to Miami.
• The Reds added outfielder Denis Phipps to the 40-man roster. Phipps, 26, had a breakout year, hitting .346/.397/.527 between Carolina and Triple-A Louisville with 12 home runs and 64 RBIs. Phipps, a Dominican who didn't begin playing professionally until he was 18, had never hit higher than .255 in any previous full season.