Opportunity Seeker: Grant Green
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The Grass Is Greener
Find The Green
On The Green
Green Means Go
Green With Envy
The Green Light
I can’t offer you much, but the solace of mind that I won’t drop some godawful pun on you should get me somewhere, right? When discussing opportunity seeker’s such as Green, there are some basic questions that need answering, so let’s get to those.
What can Green do?
As I said, a basic question but an important one nonetheless. During his time at Triple-A, both in 2012 and 2013, Green’s done well to cut down on his strikeouts (they were near 20% with little power). While he’s seen a bump in K% from 13.3 (2012) to 16.9 (2013), he’s seen a corresponding bump in his BB%, though not to the same degree; going from 5.9 to 6.5. Green isn’t particularly good at anything. He’s not a big power guy (hasn’t cracked an ISO of .200 since 2010), not much of a speed guy (career high of 13), and can mostly provide the Angels, and your fantasy team with an empty batting average (career .306 hitter in the minor leagues). The other aspect he can help fantasy owners in is positional eligibility. He’s played a multitude of positions in the minor leagues, though none of them very well. There’s a good chance he’ll acquire 2B, 3B and OF eligibility in many years throughout his career.
What is his opportunity, exactly?
Green was acquired for Angels starting 3B Alberto Callaspo and they are currently playing the hollow shell of Chris Nelson there. While it initially seemed the Angels were content to option Green to Triple-A, Howard Kendrick decided to pursue a ball into the outfield and hyperextend his knee. While he is listed as day-to-day for now, Green has taken his spot in the field and will have an opportunity to play every day for now. While Kendrick could return any time, the Angels have no incentive to rush him back from the DL. If Green can perform in the short term, the Angels will likely cede 3B to him for the rest of the season, and secure a spot in the starting lineup for 2014.
Should I care about him?
The cop out answer is that this obviously depends. It depends on the size and depth of your league. That said, even in a league such as a 20-team mixed, Green isn’t going to be a difference maker. He’s a useful piece as an empty average guy that can fill in for a starter at multiple positions, but he’s at best a second-division real life player and could end up as a utility man, which would obvious reduce his fantasy value. I wouldn’t make an effort to go after him, but if he’s available on a waiver wire in a deep league he’s worth rostering for depth purposes. This might not be the most optimistic review, but hey It’s Not Easy Being Green.