Greenwell Making His Own Name With Indians
CLEVELAND—Bo Greenwell has grown up in his famous father's shadow, more often than not being singled out simply for being the son of Mike Greenwell.
These days however, the younger Greenwell, a slugging left fielder for low Class A Lake County, is making a name for himself in the Midwest League.
Through 23 games, Greenwell had as many walks (11) as strikeouts and was hitting .379/.455/.609, ranking among the league leaders in average, on-base percentage and slugging. Those are heady early season numbers, especially considering baseball hasn't always been Greenwell's top passion.
"Bo played more football than baseball and was fairly raw when we drafted him," farm director Ross Atkins said. "But he has really refined his tools and overall game."
Greenwell worked on his baseball skills in relative obscurity in his first two professional seasons with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Indians. Last year, he finally had the opportunity to play in front of decent minor league crowds, excelling between short-season Mahoning Valley and Lake County.
Growing up around the game and in its clubhouses must have left some impression on the 21-year-old, whose father was a two-time all star who starred for 11 years as left fielder for the Red Sox.
"Bo has exceptional hands and very good bat-to-ball ability with developing power," Atkins said. "He can play all three outfield positions and really embraces the challenge of becoming a major league player."
In addition to the physical skills and baseball genes, Greenwell's best attribute just might be his mental approach to the game.
According to Atkins, "his determination may be his best tool."
A part of that being the determination to be more than Mike Greenwell's son.
• The Indians activated righthander Hector Ambriz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned righty Joe Smith to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster. A big league Rule 5 pick in December, Ambriz developed right elbow tendinitis in spring training.
• First baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown made his season debut for Columbus after missing the first 21 games of the season. Brown, who tore his MCL in spring training, is the reigning International League batting champ.