Personal Review: Observing Riley Greene’s Journey from the Minors to the Detroit Tigers
Riley Greene, drafted fifth overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2019 MLB draft, has been making waves in the minor leagues. In 2021, he played 84 games with Tigers Double-A affiliate Erie Seawolves before being promoted to the Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens for the remaining 40 games. During this time, he recorded 485 at-bats, produced 95 runs, and hit 24 homers, while adding 84 RBI and 16 stolen bases. His impressive performance and the Tigers’ need for a center fielder made it an obvious decision to call Riley up to the big leagues.
Riley Greene in 2022
In 2022, Greene finally got the call-up after playing the first 69 games in Toledo. It took some time for him to adjust to the majors, but he showed promise throughout the season. Playing in 93 of 162 games, Greene produced 46 runs, 95 hits, 5 home runs, and 42 RBI, with an average of .253. In the field, he displayed exceptional skills and a high baseball IQ. His young age of 22 only adds to the excitement of his potential.
2023 Expectations for Riley Greene
As the 2023 season approaches, expectations are high for Greene’s first full season as a pro. With the potential he has shown, the Tigers are confident in his ability to lead as a center fielder for years to come. While it may take time for him to improve his game, a solid improvement from 2022 would look like batting over .300, hitting 15-20 homers, and bringing in 85 runs. This spring training, Greene has only had two at-bats, but he is expected to be a key player for the young and developing team this season. While wins may not come immediately, watching this team develop and form chemistry on the diamond will be an exciting experience for fans.
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