The biggest surprise of the 2017 season was the emergence of Chad Green as a dominate reliever. Green was used primarily as a starter when he was first called up to the New York Yankees, but when he was made a full-time reliever last year he became a special pitcher. Green has quickly become one of the best bullpen arms in MLB and will look to continue his success this season.
Green’s numbers last season:
1.83 ERA, 103 K, 17 BB, 0 SV
Green was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but he grew up in Effingham, Illinois. Green was a dominate high school baseball player for Effingham as he was a three time All-Conference selection, two time All-Area honoree, and made the All-State team in his senior year. The Blue Jays selected Green out of High School in the 2010 draft in the 37th round. Green opted to go to Louisville instead. Green had a nice career at Louisville and holds the school record of ERA, 2.38. Green was then selected by the Tigers in the 11 round of the 2013 draft.
Becoming a Yankee:
Green was traded to the Yankees in the 2016 off-season. Along with Luis Cessa, Green was acquired for reliever Justin Wilson. Green did not make the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2016. He eventually made his debut on May 16, 2016. Green came up as a reliever, but the Yankees moved Green into the rotation. Green made four starts, but was shutdown because of a sprained elbow ligament.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 17, 2016
Green did not make the Opening Day Roster last season. He was called up on May 8 and re-sent to Scranton May 10. He was then recalled on May 14 and did not go back down to Scranton. Green had a special season last year as he along with Betances became only the sixth pair of teammates to strikeout opposing players.
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Green had made the Yankees Wild Card Roster. He proved to be extremely valuable as he entered the game in the first inning in relief of Severino who struggled. Green helped propel the Yankees to a win.
Green was on both the ALDS and ALCS roster. The only mistake Green made in the playoffs was after Giradi did not challenge the call against the Indians; Lindor hit a grand slam off of Green. That was his only mistake and besides that he was dominant.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 4, 2018
2018 and Beyond:
Green will look to further his success as a full-time reliever. He will likely be used in many situations similar to Warren. He should get a few chances to earn some saves. Green has the potential to become the set-up man if Betances struggles. He has a bright future ahead of him and along with many of his teammates he is still very young.