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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).
That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It just won’t happen today. But the DL already is crowded with Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, Domonic Brown and Brian Bocock.
The Phillies should be used to this. I pictured players checking their iPads or phones last night and shrugging their shoulders at the latest DL news, if they hadn’t heard already.
“Blanton’s on the DL? Damn. OK.”
The Phillies have travelled this road before:
- 2007: They used 46 players, including 28 pitchers (some of those players included Chris Roberson, Pete LaForest, Russell Branyan, Yoel Hernandez, Anderson Garcia, Kane Davis, John Ennis, Joe Bisenius, Zack Segovia and Matt Smith).
- 2008: They used 40 players, including 18 pitchers (Brad Harman, Andy Tracy, Chris Snelling, R.J. Swindle, Les Walrond and Andrew Carpenter).
- 2009: They used 41 players, including 22 pitchers (Rodrigo Lopez, Paul Hoover, Sergio Escalona and Steven Register).
- 2010: They used 42 players, including 21 pitchers (Cody Ransom, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, Nate Robertson, Scott Mathieson and Nelson Figueroa).
The Phillies handled the injuries every time. Nobody can say they will handle them this year, but it explains why nobody in the clubhouse is panicked, either.