The Phillies "went big" in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last night by selecting 6' 1", 230 pound, left-handed slugger Larry Greene with their first pick--number 39 overall.
I'm no expert, so compiled below are snippets from the people who know better regarding Greene:
James at PhuturePhillies.com
As you know by now, the Phillies generally look for elite tools, normally they go for all around tools packages, especially guys with speed. Greene is the complete opposite, as his value is basically tied to his power. But that power could be really special, like, 40 HR power special. The system lacks legit power prospects, and Greene certainly fits the bill there. The Phillies obviously believe he can play LF, and that he can make contact and make adjustments. Can he? We’ll see. Not a crazy reach, and he helps fill the “power void” in the system.
Keith Law from Keith Law's mock draft on KeithLaw.com/ESPN via Twitter.com/Keithlaw
Larry Greene, OF, Berrien County HS (Nashville, Ga.) - I’ve heard the Cardinals and the Nationals are all over Greene, who may have as much raw power as anyone in the draft.
Lefthanded power is Larry Greene’s ticket to being picked high in the 2011 draft. Greene is a pull hitter with an uppercut in his swing and has as much raw power as any high school player in the country.
Greene is somewhat stiff but is an average runner, which should give him a chance to play left field, but some scouts think he'll wind up as more of a first base/DH type. Greene's value is mostly in his bat and well above-average raw power.
Philly Sports Daily
“He’s a man amongst young men,” Phillies scouting director Marti Wolever said about high school outfielder Larry Greene, just 10 minutes after selecting the Georgia product with the 39th pick in the MLB amateur draft. “He’s really strong, powerful and fast,” Wolever saidWelcome, Larry! Best of luck with everything in your career.
I hope you hit lots of baseballs very far in the near future.