- Full name Scott A. Green
- Born 08/10/1985 in Dayton, OH
- Profile Ht.: 6'7" / Wt.: 240 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Kentucky
Drafted in the 3rd round (99th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2008 (signed for $373,000).
View Draft ReportGreen missed all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and worked just 18 innings as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, but he positioned himself as a top prospect for 2008 with his performance in the Cape Cod League. The Red Sox, who drafted him in the 15th round, offered him $800,000 at the end of the summer, but Green turned them down in hopes of pitching his way into the first round this spring. That didn't happen because he was so inconsistent that he lost his spot in Kentucky's rotation. While his stuff was expected to take a step forward, Green looked stiff and sat mostly at 87-88 mph as a starter. The sink and armside run on his fastball were more impressive than his velocity. Once he moved to the bullpen, he reached the mid-90s at times, but he did so with a higher arm slot and more effort in his delivery. Green has flashed a good slider at times, but for the most part it has just been a decent pitch. While he has thrown strikes and missed bats, his command has been erratic and made him hittable at times. He still figures to go on the first day of the draft based on his size (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) and the potential he showed on the Cape, but his bonus won't be as high as it could have been last summer.
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Green missed the entire 2006 season at Kentucky after having Tommy John surgery and pitched just 18 innings for the Wildcats the next spring. The Red Sox took a chance on him in the 15th round, watched him star in the Cape Cod League and offered him $800,000. He turned them down and returned to school, which proved to be a costly decision when he struggled as a redshirt junior. He signed with the Tigers for $373,000 as a third-rounder in 2008 and hasn't made a lot of progress since. He tried to hide a shoulder injury last season, but the Tigers shut him down in late July. A physical specimen at a chiseled 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, Green has an imposing presence on the mound. When he's right, his fastball sits at 94-95 mph and bumps 97 on a steep downward plane. He also has an 87-88 mph cutter and an adequate changeup. Green battles his command, so he gets hit harder than someone with his stuff should. He has worked just 54 innings in pro ball, none above Class A, at age 24, so 2010 figures to be a crucial year for him. If he's healthy, he'll start the season in Double-A.
Green gambled and lost when he turned down an $800,000 offer from the Red Sox in the summer of 2007. He had missed all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and pitched just 18 innings at Kentucky in 2007 before Boston drafted him in the 15th round. He pitched well in the Cape Cod League, piquing the Red Sox's interest, but opted to return to school in hopes of becoming a first-round pick. Instead, he had had a disappointing spring, lost his job in Kentucky's rotation and dropped to the third round, where he signed for $373,000. After turning pro, Green showed quality stuff as a reliever. He sat at 94-95 mph and touched 97 mph with his fastball, and he hit 87-88 mph with his slider. His 6-foot-7 frame and high arm slot allow him to drive his pitches down in the strike zone. However, he has significant effort in his delivery, costing him life and command on his pitches. His slider is inconsistent and his changeup is less reliable. The Tigers are considering returning him to the rotation, but that may be a stretch because he has yet to show much durability. Besides blowing out his elbow, he had a series of minor injuries in college and he missed two weeks in August with a right forearm strain. One scout who saw him in the Midwest League described Green's upside as becoming another Mike Timlin. Green figures to open 2009 in high Class A.