Shane Greene
Shane Greene
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Greene outperformed his peripherals in 2017 and promptly paid back the baseball gods in 2018. He did convert 32 saves, but remained the Tigers' closer only by default. His 5.12 ERA was boosted by a 1.71 HR/9. He allowed five homers in September and posted a completely uninspiring swinging-strike rate for a closer (8.4%). Righty batters tormented him more often in 2018 (.352 wOBA), piling on his ongoing difficulties versus LHB (2.77 K/BB). To his credit Greene did improve his walk rate by nearly two free passes per nine, and his 69.7% left-on-base rate is ripe for a positive correction. Assuming he starts 2019 as the closer, he'll be looking over his shoulder at Joe Jimenez, who filled in for some save opps last year but wore down late. If Greene pitches his way out of the ninth or is traded by the rebuilding Tigers, his fantasy utility would evaporate instantly, as he doesn't have the skill set to be worthwhile if he isn't seeing saves. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Tigers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Braves in July of 2019.
Notches first save with Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
September 7, 2019
Greene struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to record his 23rd save of the season -- but his first with Atlanta -- in Friday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.
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Mark Melancon pitched Thursday night and struggled, opening the door for Greene to get his first save chance since Aug. 10, and the former Tigers closer didn't squander the opportunity. Greene seems to have overcome whatever issues he was experiencing following the trade to Atlanta, reeling off 13 straight scoreless appearances with a 14:2 K:BB over that stretch, but whether he's set to reclaim the ninth-inning role he was originally set for when he joined the club or if he will remain Melancon's understudy isn't yet clear.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Shane Greene generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Shane Greene generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .248 374 98 40 81 11 2 13
Since 2017vs Right .206 440 104 30 83 10 3 13
2019vs Left .266 105 29 8 25 3 0 4
2019vs Right .154 147 35 9 21 4 0 4
2018vs Left .246 150 36 13 33 4 1 6
2018vs Right .292 129 29 6 35 2 3 6
2017vs Left .235 119 33 19 23 4 1 3
2017vs Right .185 164 40 15 27 4 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.49 1.21 105.2 7 9 28 9.8 3.1 1.4
Since 2017Away 3.17 1.20 88.0 1 3 36 8.9 3.5 1.0
2019Home 3.34 1.06 35.0 0 3 10 9.8 2.8 1.3
2019Away 0.98 0.94 27.2 0 0 13 8.5 2.0 1.0
2018Home 5.50 1.43 37.2 4 5 17 9.8 2.9 2.2
2018Away 4.56 1.29 25.2 0 1 15 8.4 2.5 1.1
2017Home 1.36 1.12 33.0 3 1 1 9.8 3.5 0.5
2017Away 3.89 1.36 34.2 1 2 8 9.6 5.5 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Shane Greene compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.76
 
K/9
9.2
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
92.7 mph
 
ERA
2.30
 
WHIP
1.01
 
BABIP
.252
 
GB/FB
1.41
 
Left On Base
79.2%
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.0%
 
Spin Rate
2331 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After the May demotion of Francisco Rodriguez and trade-deadline departure of Justin Wilson, Greene seized the Tigers’ closer role, going 9-for-10 in save opportunities from Aug. 1 to the end of the season while dazzling with a 2.49 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 21.2 frames. The converted starter enjoyed the velocity bump that comes with his role change, with his signature sinker gaining nearly one mph in 2017. On paper, Greene’s 9.7 K/9 looks to fit in with the typical closer picture, but it stems more from the sequencing of his four- or five-pitch makeup than it does dominance. His swinging-strike rate was only 8.6 percent. Though Green works quickly, he’s not overly efficient; he moved ahead 0-1 on just 59.4 percent of plate appearances. Walks are an issue, and the right-hander also benefited from a whopping 84.2 percent left-on-base rate. He's a risk to lose the job at some point in 2018.
Greene was a glaring case of the run prevention not matching his peripheral stats in 2016, as his combination of a K-per-inning with a humble walk rate and exceptionally low rate of homers allowed resulted in an inflated ERA of 5.82 despite a 3.13 FIP on the season. The right-hander started a trio of games in the first month of the season, but after an injury cost Greene a month, he was jettisoned to the bullpen upon his return. Whether pitching in the rotation or out of the bullpen, however, it was the same story for Greene, who was tagged for runs in either role despite solid peripheral stats. His value for 2017 and beyond likely hinges on his role, as the hard-throwing right-hander has an outside shot at some saves if he stays in the bullpen and might be out of chances to prove that he can stick in a rotation.
Greene looked like a Cy Young candidate in his first three starts — he went 3-0 with a minuscule 0.39 ERA. But then the wheels fell off the proverbial bus and he fell apart, literally and figuratively. He couldn't find the strike zone and when he did, batters just teed off on him to the tune of 20 earned runs in his next three starts (11 innings). He then went on and off the disabled list because he just couldn't feel the ring and pinky fingers on his throwing hand. He was finally diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and went under the knife to eliminate a blood clot in August. That surgery is highly effective, so Greene could be ready to roll by spring training. If so, his slider/sinker combo could make him a solid mid-rotation hurler who is a groundball machine. Wait to invest until he's been on the mound and proves the tingling in those digits is gone for good.
Greene wasn’t even in the magazine last year and it’s hardly our fault as he wasn’t anything close to a prospect from either a scouting or numbers standpoint. He put up unimpressive numbers as someone who was too old or at the exact right age for his level. His start to 2014 was no different as he had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A prior to his callup. The rash of injuries that ravaged the Yankees’ rotation forced Greene into the role in early July and he hit the ground running with a 3.09 ERA through his first 55 innings with 54 strikeouts and a 3.2 K/BB ratio. A couple of six-run shellackings book-ended his September and pushed his final mark up to 3.78, but even while struggling he still fanned 27 in 23 innings. The strikeouts were the biggest surprise in his breakout and they give him some staying power going forward. If he can refine his changeup and cut into his 100-point platoon split, Greene can be a steady all-formats option.
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Blows another save
PAtlanta Braves
August 10, 2019
Greene was charged with the blown save in Saturday's loss to the Marlins after giving up two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three inherited runners to score.
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Loses grip on closer's role
PAtlanta Braves
August 9, 2019
Greene has lost his job as Atlanta's closer for the time being, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Gives up three-run homer in loss
PAtlanta Braves
August 4, 2019
Greene (0-3) allowed three runs on four hits with no walks and a strikeout while taking a loss against the Reds on Sunday.
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Blows first NL save chance
PAtlanta Braves
August 4, 2019
Greene gave up a run on three hits and a walk in an inning of relief Saturday to blow his fourth save of the year in a 5-4 extra-inning win over the Reds.
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Confirmed as closer
PAtlanta Braves
August 1, 2019
Greene confirmed Thursday that he will close for the Braves, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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