The last three games on Sunday and Monday might be the time we will recall that Clearwater Threshers Zach Green came into his own.
In those games, including a doubleheader on Sunday, he went 6 for 10 with 2 doubles and a homer including a 4 for 4 game with a homer last night in St. Lucie. Watch his RBI single to right in Sunday’s second game at Bright House, HERE.
He played third base in the last two games and looks so natural there that he reminded me of Michael Jack Schmidt at first glance. Green struggled there defensively earlier in his career.
With Mitch Walding playing third base most of this season, Green has been used mostly as a DH and a few games at first base to spell Kyle Martin.
Though Green went 0 for 3 Saturday night against the Tampa Yankees, it was his long drive to the left of the batters eye at Steinbrenner Field that I will not forget. With the dimension there similar to Yankee Stadium, the ball had little chance of going out but it was a 400 ft. or so drive that was caught up against the wall in the deepest part of the Field. Watch HERE.
This is Green’s fifth season in the Phillies organization and he will be eligible for the Rule Five Draft after the season. The Phillies need to find out now what they have in Green.
He is hitting .280 with 8 doubles and 5 homers and slashing at .280/.338/.475 after 118 at bats, a few more at bats than he had all of his injury plagued last season.
Right now it’s looking like the Phillies have a future major league corner infielder on their hands who can hit a baseball a long way!