The New York Yankees originally drafted right-handed pitcher Nick Green in the 35th round of the 2013 draft out of high school but chose not to sign. He went to Indian Hills Community College for one season before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round of the 2014 draft and signing for a $5,000 signing bonus.
Green made his professional debut in 2014 with the Arizona League Rangers where he owned a 4-3 record and a 3.83 ERA in 14 games, five starts. Over 42 1/3 innings pitched he struck out 32 batters, walked 18 and limited hitters to just a .193 batting average against.
In 2015 Green earned a promotion to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League, the Rangers Class A Short Season affiliate. There he struggled, going 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA over ten games, nine starts, and striking out just nine batters in 31 2/3 innings.
The 2016 season saw Green return to the Spokane Indians where in seven games hit struck out 44 batters in 34 1/3 innings and earning a 2-2 record with a 4.98 ERA. After being traded to the Yankees on August 1, he pitched in two games for the Staten Island Yankees where he struck out seven in 10 2/3 innings earning a 1-1 record with a 1.69 ERA.
The Yankees chose to promote him to the Charleston RiverDogs on August 17 where he would spend the rest of the season. With the RiverDogs Green started three games allowed just two runs and struck out 14 batters in 17 innings. He earned three wins and a 1.06 ERA.
Green’s best pitch is easily his fastball which sits between 93-95 miles per hour with good sinking action. He compliments it with a developing curveball and a changeup.
“He’s got a powerful arm, and he’s got a powerful curveball. The demeanor and the character that we have seen so far from him are very impressive. He was coming into a good opportunity with the Yankees where he can move through the ranks in a pretty fast and the things we have seen so far from him are pretty bright,” Staten Island pitching coach Travis Phelps said to Pinstriped Prospects earlier this year.
His fastball is his strikeout pitch and uses his curveball and changeup to keep hitters off balance. He is working on finding consistency in his throwing motion and continue his success in 2017.
Nick Green will likely return to the Charleston RiverDogs in 2017 to continue his development as a starter in the system. The 2017 season will be his first full-season after starting the last two seasons in extended spring training.