Tigers Prospect Profile #24: Dean Green

Green split time between West Mich and Lakeland

An unheralded prospect when he was drafted, Dean Green turned some heads with an impressive debut season in Connecticut in 2011, but doubts still remained about his true hitting ability. Green sought to silence those critics in 2012, as he again mashed his way to an OPS around .900 in both West Michigan and Lakeland.

Dean Green
Position: First Baseman
Height: 6-4
Weight: 260
Born: 6/30/1989
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Acquired: 2011 MLB Draft, 11th Round
Ranking History: #55 (2011)

Background
Green was an under-the-radar draft prospect in 2011 after transferring from Oklahoma State to Barry University. After signing for a modest bonus, Green torched the New York-Penn League with a .341 batting average, 19 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBI in 65 games.

The Tigers promoted him to Low-A to start the 2012 season where he hit .306 in 58 games with 16 doubles and nine home runs before an elbow injury put a damper on his season. After some rest and rehab the Tigers pushed Green to High-A where he continued to rake with a .348 average, eleven more doubles and three home runs.

Scouting Report
Green is a mammoth guy with a very thick lower half and plenty of strength in his 6-foot-4 body. He has to stay on top of his conditioning or his thick frame can get out of hand and hinder his ability at the plate and in the field. Green's strong work ethic allows him to keep his body in check and away from a dangerous size.

A bat-only prospect, Green has a knack for making hard contact to all fields. He has very good pitch recognition skills and excellent plate coverage. His ability to drive the ball the opposite way while turning on pitches on the inner half is very impressive. He doesn't always show the ability to lift the ball out of the park but he hits it plenty hard and has the potential for 20-plus doubles and 15-20 home runs at his peak.

Green's power does not come at the expense of his ability to make contact and hit for average. He lets his power come naturally in games, focusing more on finding good counts and making solid contact. In addition to his power potential, Green could hit .280 at the plate.

Green is a designated hitter in waiting with bottom-of-the-scale speed, limited range at first base and an elbow injury that hampered his throwing in 2012. He isn't nimble around the bag and his hands earn below-average grades from scouts.

With only his bat to carry him and very little to offer in the field or on the bases, Green has a narrow window to break into the big leagues, particularly with an organization that owns Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez. If his bat fully matures against more advanced pitching, Green could top out as a second division slugger or left-handed bench bat with power.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

A

West Michigan

219

.306

16

9

38

39

23

.381

.502

R

GCL Tigers

32

.094

0

0

5

5

4

.189

.094

A+

Lakeland

141

.348

11

3

36

25

7

.410

.518


Health Record
Green's first significant injury was elbow soreness that sidelined him for an extended stretch in 2012. The Tigers expect him to be healthy for the 2013 season and the injury isn't thought to be a long-term concern.

Projection
Green has the hitting ability and raw power to project in the big leagues. If everything comes together, he could hit .280 with 15-20 home runs from the left side, making him an intriguing offensive option. Without even a modest defensive profile, Green is a classic bat-only player that will have to rake at every stop to get a chance to fulfill his projection at the big-league level.

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