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New York Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year Shane Greene Impresses in Majors

July 13th, 2014 at 8:22 PM
By Mike Warsaw

At a time when the New York Yankees are searching for pitchers, they may have found one right in their own organization. Shane Greene, coming off of an impressive four hit victory on Saturday against Baltimore, could be that guy.

It would be impossible for the Yankees to rebuild their injury riddled rotation, without a little help from within their organization. The early returns have been favorable for Shane Greene as he has been quite dominate in limited action in the Major Leagues. The former 15th round draft pick has provided the Yankees with a quality arm during a time when they need it most. Greene has compiled a 2-0 record this season, with a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched and striking out 12, so far for the Yankees.

Although it may be a small sample, Greene could turn into a solid pitcher in the Yankees rotation. Greene had been pitching well in Scranton this season before his call up, compiling a 5-2 record, striking out 57 in 66.1 innings pitched, down on the farm. In Trenton last season, he went 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 68. With the strong season, Greene was named the Yankees 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the year.

Greene looked dominant last night as he held the Orioles hitless until Manny Machado's two out single in the 5th inning. "We knew it coming in," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "That's why he was Pitcher of the Year in their organization last year." Greene didn't allow a base runner until the fourth, when he walked Steve Pierce. Green kept Baltimore's offense off balance all night with a mix of sinkers, sliders, curves and a fast ball that topped out at 95 mph.

Greene had been climbing the ladder quietly for the Yankees since being drafted in '09. One of the reasons, was that he needed Tommy John Surgery and lost his college scholarship. Greene finally seems to be fulfilling the potential that made him an amateur standout. After facing injury setbacks early in his career, Greene seems ready to put it all together as a starter for the New York Yankees.

Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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