The 2010 draft was kind to the Cincinnati Reds. After taking Yasmani Grandal in the first round, they were able to grab Brodie Greene in the fourth. Brodie Greene is a 24-year-old second base prospect who after just two years of minor league ball, could find himself in AAA Louisville to start this season.
Greene is 6'1" and 195 pounds, so he's about the same size as Brandon Phillips. Phillips is a perfect place to begin comparing him to a current player. Last year Brodie Greene was 23 and played between A+ Bakersfield and AA Carolina In that season, he went .287/.343/.433 with 14 HR, 81 RBI, 82 runs and 38 stolen bases. In Phillips' age-23 season at AAA Buffalo, he went .303/.363/.430 with 8 HR, 50 RBI, 83 runs and 14 stolen bases.
Greene actually shows better speed than Phillips and projects as a guy who can steal 35-45 bases. His power thus far is about equal to Phillips', which is to be expected given their very similar frames.
Greene's fielding could use a little work, but as with any young player that's understandable. Last season, in 78 games at second base, Greene posted a .979 fielding percentage. Greene also plays shortstop, and in 49 games at short last season Greene finished with a .923 fielding percentage.
Greene is just starting to settle into second base. In college at Texas A&M, Greene played wherever his coaches needed him. Over his four-year career at A&M, Greene played right field, left field, center field, second base and shortstop, so he shows great versatility in the field.
In the future, Greene will likely play second base, as shortstop is rather crowded in the Reds' organization between Zack Cozart, Billy Hamilton and Didi Gregorius. He should be able to improve on his fielding ability and getting his fielding percentage into the high .980s or low .990s is not out of the question. Doing so would make him a shoe-in to take over for Phillips, should he not return for 2013.
Greene is touted as a natural leader willing to do whatever he has to to win. This is evident in his willingness to play multiple positions. He's also a pretty clutch performer. In the 2010 Big 12 Championship game, the Aggies went into the 10th inning against Baylor. Greene came up and blasted a two-out, two-run home run to lift the Aggies to their second Big 12 Championship.
Greene is progressing nicely through the system right now. If he doesn't start in Louisville, he should be there by season's end. With Brandon Phillips contract situation still up in the air, you could even see Greene on the Opening Day roster in 2013.
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