Rookie Green Earns Place On Brewers' Playoff Roster





MILWAUKEE—Third baseman Taylor Green capped a remarkable 2011 season by making the Brewers' postseason roster.

"It has been amazing," Green said. "I never could have imagined anything like this."

Coming off two mediocre seasons with Double-A Huntsville, Green entered 2011 as something of an afterthought. The 24-year-old re-emerged as one of the system's top prospects, however, by batting .336/.413/.583 with 22 homers and 36 doubles in 420 at-bats for Triple-A Nashville.

With the Brewers, Green went 10-for-37 (.270) and started four games at third base and three at second. Milwaukee promoted him on Aug. 27, making him eligible for postseason play, though that was the farthest thing from his mind at the time.

"I wasn't really expecting anything," Green said. "I was just glad to get my first chance in the big leagues."

The Brewers opted for Green over veteran utility infielder Josh Wilson, a career .227 hitter, when they composed their roster for their National League Division Series against the Diamondbacks. Green went 0-for-1 in the series, which Milwaukee won in five games, and remained in play for the Championship Series versus the Cardinals.

A native of British Columbia, Green signed with Milwaukee in May 2006 as a draft-and-follow from Cypress (Calif.) JC. He won the organization's minor league player of the year award in 2007 after a big season at low Class A West Virginia.

But the lefthanded-hitting Green required wrist surgery following the 2008 season and struggled to rediscover his stroke, batting a cumulative .259/.333/.402 in 796 plate appearances for Huntsville in 2009-10.

Finally healthy this season, Green solicited tips from Nashville hitting coach Sandy Guerrero and improved steadily in each passing month with the Sounds. He hit .377 in 284 at-bats from June 1 to the end of the season, and his 1.101 OPS paced all Pacific Coast League batters in that time.

MICROBREWS

• The Brewers added righthander Tyler Thornburg to their Arizona Fall League delegation, replacing 2011 first-round lefty Jed Bradley as he dealt with a groin strain.

• Milwaukee promoted Huntsville manager Mike Guerrero to the same role in Nashville, where former Brewers righthander Chris Bosio will serve as pitching coach and Al LeBoeuf as hitting coach.