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Jalen Greer

#17 | SS | AthleticsOAK
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Jalen Greer
Name: Jalen Douglas Greer
Born: Jul 19, 2001 in Chicago, IL
High School: St. Rita HS, Chicago
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (164th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2019 (signed for $300,000)
A physical, 6-foot-3, 187-pound shortstop committed to Missouri, Greer has a few exciting tools including above-average raw power, a strong arm and plus running ability. After his play last summer, scouts were concerned about the quality of his hit tool. He swung and missed frequently and didn’t show much ability to handle top competition, but Greer has worked hard over the offseason and has looked much better with the bat this spring. He added weight and became more physical over the offseason as well. Defensively, Greer has solid actions and enough arm strength for the left side of the infield, but his glove can be shaky at time and scouts think he is better when he simply reacts to the ball rather than on plays where he has time to overthink things. Because of his frame, most think he’ll move to the hot corner at the next level. If he continues adding polish Greer could turn into a solid offensive and defensive player, but his overall game is still a bit raw. Scouts praise Greer’s work ethic and passion for the game.
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