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2020 Mets draft profile: Isaiah Greene

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With their third selection in the 2020 draft, the Mets selected Isaiah Greene, an outfielder from California.

Born: Eastvale, California

Age: 18 (8/29/2001)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/180 lbs.

Position: OF

Bats/Throws: L/L

School: Corona High School (Corona, California)

Baseball is a game where the natural ebbs and flows of a players performance can skew our perceptions of them. Peaking too early or too late can have a major impact on the kind of player you are considered. Isaiah Greene is an example of just that. Appearing in 29 games for the Corona High School Panthers in 2017, Greene hit a solid .268/.360/.329 with 0 home runs, 2 stolen bases in 2 attempts, 11 walks, and 16 strikeouts. In his sophomore year, he hit an improved .389/.494/.597 with 0 home runs, 9 stolen bases in 9 attempts, 16 walks, and 14 strikeouts. Had that performance come a year later, the helium on Greene might’ve been immense. Instead, he followed that season up with a merely decent junior year, hitting .327/.391/.540 with 4 home runs, 4 stolen bases in 4 attempts, 9 walks, and 14 strikeouts. In hitting for more power, he lost sight of his normal gap-to-gap approach and began pressing, causing his batting average and on-base percentage to drop. Lost in the baseball hotbed that is Southern California, it took a healthy performance at the 2019 Area Code Games to put himself back on the map. COVID-19 prevented the young outfielder from adding further helium to his profile, as all baseball activities were cancelled for the season relatively early into the young season. Greene only appeared in five games in his senior year, hitting .067/.333/.133 with 0 home runs, 2 stolen bases in 2 attempts, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts.

At the plate, Greene has a smooth left-handed stroke. He stands slightly closed at the plate, holding his hands high and swinging with a slight leg kick. His swing, which does not feature much plane, is designed to spray line drives around the field, allowing him to leg out hits. Indeed, his best tool is his speed, which is an easy plus from scouts and evaluators. He is extremely aggressive on the basepaths but has always had the ability to back it up, going a perfect 17/17 in stolen bases over the course of his entire high school career. His power is almost non-existent at this point in his career, but given that he is an athletic 6’1”, 180-pounds, he is likely to add additional muscle mass, and power, though there is no consensus from scouts and evaluators as to how much power he is likely to add. Some see Greene as possessing fringe-average power, while others think that the potential of additional muscle mass combined with adjustments to his swing, such as shortening it or getting his swing path more direct to the ball, will result in more.

While there are questions as to how his bat will develop, there are far fewer questions about his glove. As is the case with most young outfielders, he still needs to improve seeing the ball off the bat and learning the most efficient routes to take, but his plus speed gives him the ability to overrun and adjust. His arm is fringe-average, making him a fit only in left field if he is not in center.

Greene has a commitment to the University of Missouri.