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The Phillies once touted Larry Greene as a big-time power hitter and a “man amongst young men.”
But Monday they confirmed a PhoulBallz.com report that Greene does not want to play baseball anymore and will not be in Spring Training. The Phillies gave Greene a $1 million signing bonus as the 39th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but he never played above Class A Lakewood in four mediocre Minor League seasons.
“I’m more disappointed for him,” Phillies player development director Joe Jordan said. “I’d be disappointed if it was a 20th round pick, but this is a different situation.”
The Phillies never heard from Greene as Spring Training approached. He finally informed them that he had no plans to attend camp. It certainly sounds like his baseball career is finished, but Jordan would not say Greene has officially quit or retired.
Greene, 22, hit a combined .224 with eight home runs, 74 RBIs and a .638 OPS in the Phillies’ system. He missed time because of a left wrist injury in 2014, but also missed time in 2012 and 2013 when he showed up to Spring Training out of shape.
The Phillies have not had a first-round of supplement pick make an impact at the big-league level since Cole Hamels in 2002.
The Phillies have agreed to terms with top draft pick Larry Greene.
MLB.com confirmed he received a $1 million signing bonus. The agreement came late last night.
Greene, 18, hit .562 with 11 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 52 RBIs, 58 runs scored and 13 stolen bases this season for Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. Greene, an outfielder listed at 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, earned a football scholarship to Alabama.
Second-round pick Roman Quinn remains unsigned, but the Phillies are hopeful they can reach an agreement with the shortstop before tonight’s midnight deadline.
Larry Greene is a big kid with a chance to hit a lot of home runs someday at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies selected him Monday with the 39th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Greene is a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder that shares some similarities to Class A Clearwater first baseman Jonathan Singleton, who is one of the top prospects in baseball.
“He’s a man amongst young men,” Phillies director of scouting Marti Wolever said of Greene. “He is really strong and powerful. He’s just a really good athlete. He might have a little bit more power (than Singleton). He’s built like him. His stroke is comparable. The bat speed is comparable.”
Greene, 18, hit .562 with 11 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 52 RBIs, 58 runs scored and 13 stolen bases this season for Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. Greene, who is 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, earned a football scholarship to Alabama, but will play baseball. He has committed to Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. Greene said he isn’t sure if he would bypass pro ball for college, but he sounded like he wants to sign.
Baseball America ranked Greene its 75th overall prospect. The magazine compared Greene to Russell Branyan, but Wolever does not think that comparison fits because he believes Greene will make better contact.
Greene projects as an average outfielder.
“We thought he was the best option for us,” Wolever said. “We did a lot of work and spent a lot of time this year watching him play.”
The draft continues at noon Tuesday with rounds 2 through 30. It concludes Wednesday with rounds 31 through 50.
The Phillies’ next selection will be in the second round (66th overall).