Third base prospect Zach Green was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2012 draft out of Jesuit High School in California. Since then, the six-foot-three 205-pounder has shown great potential and has impressed many.
After signing his first professional contract in 2012, Green sported a .284 average with three home runs and 21 RBI in 47 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.
Last season, as a 19-year-old in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League, Green led the league in homers (13), doubles (20) and runs scored (52) while batting .252 and driving in 41 runs in 74 games with the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Through 15 contests this season with Class A Lakewood, Green was off to a slow start, posting a .186 batting average with two doubles, four RBI and three steals. A right hip injury put Green out of action and a roster move was made, demoting the 20-year-old to extended spring training. A reversal of the transaction could be made sooner than the required seven days if he had been placed on the disabled list.
I spoke with Zach this week about the ailment, his draft experience, representing the ‘Cutters as an All-Star and plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.
-What can you tell me about your hip injury and the roster move that came along with it?
It’s like a nerve issue and nothing serious. I think they just put me on the (extended spring) roster so they didn’t have to burn a DL…be on there for seven days and maybe I can come back the fifth or sixth day. It’s kind of like they’re just giving me rest and it’s one of those things I was playing from the beginning of spring training so they want to just make sure it’s fully healed before I go back on the field.
-So is it still possible that you’re back more quickly than seven days?
Anything is possible at this point.
-What’s the severity of the issue? You said you were playing with it for a while. When did the pain become too great to play?
About last week- last Saturday, the game in Hagerstown. It really hurt and that’s why I got scratched right before game time on Monday. Continue reading PN Interview: 3B Prospect Zach Green