With the fifth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Hagerty High School outfielder Riley Greene.
Hagerty High School’s Riley Greene was one of the best pure hitters in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft. During his senior season, he batted .422 with 38 runs scored, eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 28 games.
Greene guided the Huskies to a 23-5 record and a second-round berth in the Class 8A state tournament.
The Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year, Greene is slated to make approximately $6.18 million if he foregoes his scholarship offer to the University of Florida.
A standout on USA Baseball’s 18U National team, Greene led the club in RBIs on their way to a gold medal at the Pan-Am Championships.
Greene’s rising stock
MLB Pipeline states that Greene did nothing but enhance his draft stock this spring.
“There is no one who doubts Greene will hit at the next level. The left-handed hitter has a terrific approach at the plate with a smooth swing.”
“It’s more of a line-drive approach right now, but he did start driving the ball more over the summer and he’ll show excellent power in batting practice, especially to the pull side.
“Greene has been more athletic and has been moving better this spring, both down the line and in the outfield.”
The Hagerty High star adds his name to a growing list of Seminole County baseball players that have gone in recent first rounds of MLB Drafts.
Lake Brantley’s Logan Warmoth was selected 22nd in 2017 by the Toronto Blue Jays, and Lake Mary’s Brendan Rogers, who went third overall to the Colorado Rockies in 2015, was recently promoted to the majors.
Although Greene’s road to the big leagues has yet to be paved, he is already drawing comparisons to the likes of former Dodgers slugger Andre Ethier —and even 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Brewers, who has a nearly identical 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame to Greene.
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