Shane Greene
Shane Greene
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Never underestimate the value of past closing experience. Greene emerged as the Tigers' closer down the stretch in 2017 and enjoyed close to two full years of success in the role before Detroit flipped him to Atlanta. He was a little shaky down the stretch with Atlanta in 2019, but Greene returned to form in the short 2020 season, posting a sub-3.00 ERA for the third time in four years while collecting nine holds. The righty also posted a 1.50 ERA and 6:1 K:BB in six postseason innings. What Greene did not do during the season was collect a save, and neither the velocity nor the strikeout rate are truly closer worthy, but we have seen so many arms return to the ninth through in-season attrition as managers value that past closing experience. Don't be surprised if Greene re-emerges on the closer scene. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Braves in May of 2021.
Gets call to majors
PAtlanta Braves
June 6, 2021
Atlanta recalled Greene from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
After inking a one-year deal with Atlanta on May 9, Greene spent most of the past month ramping up at the team's extended spring training site before heading to Gwinnett. He impressed during his four-appearance rehab assignment at Gwinnett, striking out five over 4.1 innings while giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Despite some occasional struggles this season, Will Smith appears locked in as Atlanta's closer, but Greene could quickly re-emerge as one of manager Brian Snitker's most-trusted setup men.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Shane Greene generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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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 2019
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .281 155 40 12 39 4 0 6
Since 2019vs Right .173 222 49 15 35 8 0 5
2021vs Left .400 7 0 2 2 0 0 0
2021vs Right .333 14 4 1 4 1 0 1
2020vs Left .300 43 11 2 12 1 0 2
2020vs Right .185 61 10 5 10 3 0 0
2019vs Left .266 105 29 8 25 3 0 4
2019vs Right .154 147 35 9 21 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-63%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.45 1.13 47.0 1 4 10 9.6 3.3 1.0
Since 2019Away 2.74 1.07 46.0 0 0 13 7.6 2.2 1.2
2021Home 40.50 4.50 .666666 0 1 0 13.5 27.0 0.0
2021Away 15.00 2.00 3.0 0 0 0 9.0 3.0 3.0
2020Home 1.59 1.15 11.1 1 0 0 8.7 3.2 0.0
2020Away 3.52 1.11 15.1 0 0 0 5.9 2.3 1.2
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
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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
1.33
 
K/9
9.8
 
BB/9
7.4
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
19.64
 
WHIP
2.45
 
BABIP
.441
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
13.2%
 
Exit Velocity
80.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2310 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
7.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Greene far exceeded expectations over the first half of the 2019 season, managing to maintain the closer role for Detroit before being traded to the Braves at the trade deadline. He lost the closer job in a hurry and served mainly as a setup man with Atlanta. Prior to the trade, Greene was effective, converting 22 of his 25 save opportunities. With Atlanta, Greene had a 4.01 ERA and his strikeout rate dropped to 20.8%. The 31-year-old had a middling 92.7 mph fastball velocity, but his 11.5% swinging-strike rate was the second-best mark of his career and his 1.01 WHIP shows Greene's ability to limit baserunners. However, given his second-half struggles, and with the Braves signing Will Smith and bringing back Chris Martin, it's safe to wonder whether Greene will open 2020 any higher than fifth in the Braves' bullpen hierarchy. His closing days may be over.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Promotion imminent
PAtlanta Braves
June 4, 2021
Greene has joined Atlanta and is expected to have his contract selected this weekend, though it won't be for Friday's matchup with the Dodgers, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Shakes off back injury
PAtlanta Braves
June 2, 2021
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Greene (back) felt good coming out of his recent appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Gwinnett, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with back tightness
PAtlanta Braves
Back
May 31, 2021
Greene's next Triple-A appearance has been pushed back until Tuesday due to back tightness, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Begins minor-league assignment
PAtlanta Braves
May 22, 2021
Greene will make his first appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Reunites with Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
May 9, 2021
Greene agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Atlanta on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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