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.
After two and a half years playing in the Rangers organization, he found himself traded to the New York Yankees along with Dillon Tate and Erik Swanson for Carlos Beltran.
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 returned to the Charleston RiverDogs for the 2017 season. The right-hander went 8-9 with a 4.49 ERA over 26 starts in the South Atlantic League, including the first complete game of his career. He pitched a career-high 126 1/3 innings while striking out 112 batters.
He fared much better in the first half of the 2017 season where he was 404 with a 2.7 ERA in 13 starts. In the second half of the season, he went 4-5 with a 6.31 ERA. On May 6 he pitched a career-high eight innings in a game against the Delmarva Shorebirds, allowing just a hit while striking out nine batters on 83 pitches, 59 strikes.
Green’s best pitch is easily his fastball which sits between 91-94 miles per hour with heavy sinking action. He compliments it with a curveball that is 77-81 miles per hour and a changeup that sat in the 83-85 mph range.
Here is what our friends at 2080 Baseball had to say about him:
“Physically, Green has a lean, athletic frame with a build that has some room to fill out in both his upper and lower half. He worked from a high ¾’s arm slot and was able to effectively replicate his quick arm speed in my viewing. His delivery is compact and easily repeatable, with medium effort throughout his motion. He stays online toward plate with minimal falloff to first base, though there is some spine tilt. His windup begins with a subtle side step to first base and a level leg lift, showing good balance over the rubber. Green hides the ball well on the backside and masks his pitches well with a consistent arm slot. Creates effective torque with lower body and hip rotation. He’s got average drive off the rubber and creates good extension out front, landing clean with moderate head whack at release. Green maintained clean and loose arm action in the start, though he showed a tendency to cut off his finish when throwing offspeed…
… Considering everything, it is understandable why the Yankees showed an interest in acquiring Green in a trade package with Texas. With only moderate effort, he showed one of the better sitting fastball velocities I’ve seen in the NYPL this season with a curveball that flashes potential to be an above-average out pitch at the next level. He does a good job of staying around the plate right now, and the compactness and simplicity of his delivery should help him augment his command for the future. A lot will be determined with his third pitch. The changeup will need to be thrown with more conviction and frequency, especially against right-handed hitters, though he showed repeatable arm speed and subtracted velocity well in relation to the fastball, which are building blocks for its development and future usability. Ideally, Green hones his command, irons out his changeup and becomes an average back-end starter.”
Green is likely heading to the Tampa Tarpons for the 2018 season, after pitching for a full season with the Riverdogs in 2017.