Riley Greene

21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A pure hitter first and foremost, Greene has an excellent understanding of the strike zone and has no trouble getting to his plus raw power in games. He has a very fluid left-handed swing and while he is not a burner, all of his movements in the field are smooth, especially for a 6-foot-3, 200-pound bat-first player. It was obviously a small sample, but he hit .417 with two home runs and a 2:6 K:BB in 18 plate appearances as a 19-year-old in big-league spring training -- a very loud way to start an unconventional year of development for the No. 5 overall pick from 2019. He emerged as one of Detroit's team leaders at the alternate site and became fast friends with the other face of this rebuild, Spencer Torkelson. Greene is much more advanced than the typical 20-year-old, so he will spend most of 2021 at Double-A, setting up a 2022 MLB debut. This is a safe offensive profile to bet on in dynasty leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6.18 million contract with the Tigers in June of 2019.
Clears concussion protocol
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 22, 2021
Greene has cleared the concussion protocol and began his offseason training program, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Greene was set to take part in the Arizona Fall League, but he was exhibiting concussion-like symptoms at the end of the minor-league campaign and was unable to participate. The 21-year-old is now going through his offseason work after clearing the concussion protocol, and he'll be ready to go for spring training, barring another injury.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Greene was seen as the consensus top prep hitter in the 2019 draft, which led to the Tigers selecting him fifth overall. He is now the offensive face of a pitching-heavy rebuild with no end in sight. Greene quickly earned a promotion from the Gulf Coast League to the New York-Penn League and while he didn't set the world on fire there, the patience (11.0 BB%) and all-fields laser show (30.6 LD%, 39.7 Pull%) he displayed led to a promotion to Low-A. His inexperience started to show against Midwest League pitching, but at that point it had been quite a long season for the 18-year-old. Greene will likely be a below-average runner in the majors, which should force a move to right field. He projects as a high-AVG/high-OBP left-handed hitter who could grow into 30-homer power. The key will be for him to let the power come naturally while maintaining his strong plate skills and approach in the meantime.
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Scratched from AFL due to concussion
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
Concussion
October 11, 2021
The Tigers scratched Greene on Sunday ahead of the start of the Arizona Fall League this week while he continues to experience concussion-like symptoms after sustaining the head injury in an Oct. 2 game for Triple-A Toledo, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Finishes big minor-league season
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 21, 2021
Greene batted .296/.382/.552 with seven homers and 25 RBI across 31 games for Triple-A Toledo to conclude the minor-league regular season.
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Moves up to Triple-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 15, 2021
Greene was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Stuck in deep power drought
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 6, 2021
Greene has gone 20 consecutive games without a home run for Double-A Erie, a span of 87 plate appearances in which he's hit .237/.333/.316 with just one RBI, two steals and a 10:30 BB:K.
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Nearly notches cycle at Double-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 20, 2021
Greene went 3-for-3 with a home run, triple, double, two walks, four RBI and three runs Saturday in Double-A Erie's 8-7 loss to Altoona.
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