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Stat Illustrates Riley Greene’s Hot Start With The Tigers

Center fielder Riley Greene #31 of the Detroit Tigers, playing in his first major league game, fields a single hit by Sam Huff of the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 18, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers are wearing uniform from the Negro League Detroit Stars.
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The 2022 season was supposed to be different for the Detroit Tigers.

Javier Baez and Eduardo Rodriguez (and other additions) were supposed to be consistent contributors; and prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene were supposed to help from the go.

Not one of those things has happened.

Torkelson has been very bad (-0.8 Wins Above Replacement) and Baez hasn’t been much better.

It’s really not surprising to see them struggle to a 26-42 record so far.

Injuries have ferociously attacked the rotation…and Greene.

Near the end of spring training, he suffered a fractured right foot that set his MLB debut back two months.

He was called up a few days ago, and has already left his mark.

“Most times reaching base safely in 1st 4 career games, Tigers history: 1939 Barney McCosky: 11; 2022 Riley Greene: 10; 1931 Hub Walker: 10; 1922 Fred Haney: 10,” MLB statistician Sarah Langs tweeted.

 

Already One Of The Best Players On The Roster

Greene is hitting .417 in his first four contests, with a solid .588 OBP.

When he is on, he has a gorgeous swing that generates a lot of power, and he can run some, too.

When he is done developing, the 21-year-old Greene projects as a five-tool contributor: he can hit for average and power while fielding his position well and showing a good arm and some speed.

He does have some swing and miss to his game, but it’s not something that should be too concerning in the long-term.

It’s nice to see he is off to a nice start in his MLB career.

He still has no homers or steals, but he is already the second-best position player on the Tigers’ roster, with 0.2 WAR.

That’s good for him, but horrible for the Tigers.




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