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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 91: Ty Greene

The 16th-rounder came out swinging in his first stint in pro ball

Whack attack: Greene was touted for his solid bat, and the catcher didn’t disappoint in 2018.
Kim Contreras (@Cu_As)/South Side Sox

Ty Greene
185 pounds
Bats: Left
Age: 21
SSS rank among all catchers in the system: 7

Greene was drafted in the 16th round in 2018 and was given a $75,000 signing bonus — one of the lower bonuses of the 16th round.

Baseball America had Greene ranked 244th in their pre-draft rankings, so it seemed like a value get when the White Sox were able to get him 468th overall. The club projected him to be an average defensive catcher with an average arm, and based on his first stint in pro ball with the AZL Sox, it does seem like Greene has a ways to go behind the plate. He allowed 35 stolen bases and was only able to throw out seven, also allowing six passed balls. He did play one game in left field, which would be an option for him if catcher does not work out. However, why the Sox (and Baseball America) liked him was for his bat.

Greene did not show much power in college, as he hit only four bombs in 2017-18. That carried over to the 149 plate appearances in Arizona, where Greene went homerless. However, his ability to make contact and his plate discipline seem advanced. Greene slashed .313/.403/.367, for a wRC+ of 127. His BB-rate was very good (11.4%), and he even walked more than he struck out as his K-rate was at 9.4%.

Greene did hit a lot of ground balls — more than 50% of his batted balls were on the ground, which does put into question his .348 BABIP. What is healthy about his batted ball data are Greene’s line drives (25%) and opposite field hitting (35%). He seems to be able to work all over the plate and put a barrel on the ball anywhere.

Greene has a long way to go, but his bat is something promising even if his catching did not get off to a great start.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP