Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 06, 2013 02:45 PM Comments: 4
When he was taken with their first pick in the 2011 draft, Larry Greene Jr. was billed as the Phillies’ power source of the future. Two years later, the Valdosta, GA native has just a pair of home runs as a pro and none above the short-season rookie level. A lack of ability to put the ball beyond the outfield walls hasn’t soured the organization on the youngster, as coaches and organizational brass are still confident he can develop into the type of offensive threat they thought he could be, when they drafted him two years ago.
After beginning last season in extended spring training, Greene would man left field for the Williamsport Crosscutters, batting .272 while lacing two home runs and driving in 26 runs in 70 games. Over the off-season, time spent with a newborn at home seemed to prevent the young slugger from keeping up with his workout routine and he showed up to spring training less fit than the team liked and he was kept in extended spring training, once again, to open the 2013 season, in order to work off some weight.
Since being assigned to Class A Lakewood in late April, the 6-foot tall 235-pounder is struggling with his average, batting .183 with five doubles, a triple, no home runs and 14 RBI. Faced with troubling offensive stats, most glaringly, his lack of power, Greene is staying focused on improving his game, although he’s not as disappointed with the homer totals as others might be.
“I really don’t think about home runs,” Greene said in an exclusive interview. “I just try to hit the ball hard and I’ll take hits all day, a home run don’t really matter to me. Right now, I just want to improve and get better every day. But, when it comes, it’ll come.” Continue reading Former Top Draft Pick Greene Working Out the Kinks in Lakewood