With their third-round selection (#97 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees have taken High School Outfielder Ryder Green. He currently attends Knoxville Cristian Academy and is one of the top prep players in Tennessee. He is committed to play at Vanderbilt in the fall.
According to scouts, Green’s top tools are his power and throwing arm. This is how PerfectGame.org, broke down this prospect:
“Right handed hitter, high back elbow load with a hanging leg lift load, timing intensive swing approach, strong swing with good explosion to the ball, uses his strength well and has big power potential, pull approach. 6.72 runner, 4.28 home to first. Has good fundamental skills in the outfield and makes accurate on line throws.”
Given his average speed, and solid throwing arm, Green projects as a future corner outfielder, after playing some middle infield and center field in high school. He also will need to refine his ball tracking abilities.
His bat will be his carrying tool. As a plus-power prep player, Green should be given time to develop in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Green will need to be careful with strikeouts, as he tends to swing and miss, in an attempt to show off this plus power.