The right-handed starter was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 draft, but Green elected to go to the University of Louisville. He was drafted by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Louisville after his junior season.
When Green signed with the Tigers in June 2013, he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Tigers. Green pitched three innings in two appearances allowing one run on three hits, posting a 1-0 record.
After those two appearances in the Gulf Coast League, he was quickly brought up to Lakeland of the Florida State League. There he posted a 3-0 record with a 3.63 ERA in 10 games, two of those starts. He struck out 10 in 17 and a third innings while walking six.
For 2014, Green was sent to the White Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League. Green was exclusively a starter. In 23 starts, Green went 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA. In 130 1/3, Green allowed 121 hits while striking out 125 batters, walking just 28. With just 121 hits and 28 walks allowed, Green’s WHIP calculated to an impressive 1.143.
Green’s impressive performance led the Tigers to jump him past Lakeland in advanced A to Erie SeaWolves of the AA Eastern League.
Green struggled to a 5-14 record with a 5.09 ERA in 27 starts. Although the overall numbers were rough, Green did strike out 137 batters in 148 and two-thirds innings. He only walked 43 batters as well.
After the offseason trade to the Yankees, Green was assigned to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League where continued his work as a starter.
In 16 starts with the RailRiders, Green went 7-6 with an impressive 1.52 ERA in 16 starts. Green struck out 100 in 94 and two-thirds innings. Green’s control was impressive as well as he only surrendered 21 walks while giving up only 68 hits resulting in a 0.940 WHIP.
With his impressive numbers at AAA, Green bounced between the RailRiders and the Yankees. He made his Major League debut on May 16 where he took the loss in a 12-2 Yankees loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He lasted four innings giving up six runs; four earned on eight hits.
In his time with the Yankees, Green spent some time in the bullpen as well as starting. He appeared in 12 games with eight of those starts. He gave up 49 hits in 45 and two-thirds innings, striking out 52 batters while walking 15. Green had an issue keeping the ball in the park allowing 12 home runs. He ended up with a 2-4 record with an ERA of 4.73.
Green’s season came to a premature end as he sprained his UCL in a start against Baltimore on September 2 at Camden Yards and had to leave the game after pitching just one and two-thirds innings. His injury will not require Tommy John surgery but remains a question mark heading into 2017.
Green throws in the mid-90s with a split-fingered fastball, slider, and changeup. He has excellent command and is usually around the plate. That explains the numbers that can seem to be contradictory when studying his stats. He strikes out so many batters and walks so few batters because he’s around the plate. However, he gets hit and gives up home runs for the same reasons. It’s important to keep in mind that Green is still young and learning how to pitch. With more experience, the numbers of hits and home runs surrendered would figure to come down.
Part of the reason why the Yankees are not in a rush to trade prospects away for a starter at this point is due to the presence of Green, along with Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, and Bryan Mitchell. Assuming he recovers fully from his elbow injury, Green figures to break camp with the Yankees. He may be in the bullpen to start the season, but has an outside shot of making the Yankees fifth starter spot.