With news that the Phillies’ first round draft choice from last year is headed to the big leagues for his next start, it’s a suitable time for another of the organization’s recent top draft selections to be on the tip of people’s tongues. Granted, it won’t be with the same levels of gusto and excitement.
With the Phillies Nation all abuzz with anticipation as righty hurler Aaron Nola is set to make his major league debut next Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, news of the return of the Phils’ top draft pick from 2011, Larry Greene Jr., might draw more eye rolls than tickets sold.
Earlier this season it was reported here that Greene had retired, while the team insisted is was simply a break.
To clear up any confusion, the 22-year-old says that he’ll be heading back to the field with the Phillies.
“I’m not done…no chance,” Greene asserted on Friday.
Fans, who were frustrated with a growing list of expensive early round draft picks that had not panned out at the top level for the home team, as well as some media types, labeled the six-foot 235-pounder as a bust.
Greene, who is aware of fans’ expectations of a top draft pick, feels the break from playing was necessary, due to personal concerns.
In three professional seasons the Georgia native tallied a .224 average with eight home runs and 74 RBI in 242 games. With Class A Lakewood last year, he posted a .183 average with two homers and 18 RBI through 60 games.
Signed for a reported $1 million bonus, Greene doesn’t have a firm date for when he’ll be back in Clearwater to relaunch his playing career, but he is excited to resume his playing days nonetheless.
“I’m not sure of a time frame, but you haven’t seen the last of me. I promise you that.”