Philadelphia Phillies Prospect Countdown: #15 Zach Green
19 years old (March 7, 1994)
6’3″ 210 lbs.
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Zach Green already possesses a big-league body – long, lean and athletic. He has a combination of natural strength and above-average bat speed, which should translate to plus power when he fully matures as a player. Defensively, Green is very athletic in the field with just an average glove. He does, however, possess a well above-average throwing arm – making powerful and accurate throws to first base on a consistent basis.
Like most young power-hitters, Green has a very long, loopy swing. That swing translates into an inordinate amount of swings-and-misses, which in turn, translates into a very high strikeout rate. Green still lacks barrel control, which prevents him from squaring pitches on a consistent basis. His swing mechanics are inconsistent, not only from at-bat to at-bat, but from pitch-to-pitch. He is also a below-average runner and will more than likely get slower as his body matures.
Zach Green is a very intriguing prospect. He has high-upside as a big time power hitter from the right side of the plate. However, he is also very risky due to his inconsistent contact and high strikeout rate. The strikeouts are a big issue – he struck out 91 times in just 270 at-bats. Those strikeout rates must drop dramatically for him to remain a top-tier prospect.
Green was a 2013 All-Star in the New York-Penn League, playing for the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters. He walloped 13 home runs and 20 doubles with an .822 OPS. Impressive numbers considering he played a in a short-season league and is still getting accustomed to using wood bats on a daily basis. As he physically continues to mature, I can see him moving to first base in a year or two. He has the possibility to become an everyday, power-hitting first baseman for many years.
The bottom line is that if he can square the ball consistently and cut down on his strikeouts, then the Phillies will find a spot for him. My prediction is first base.