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The Toronto Blue Jays may have lost several prospects at the 2015 Major League Baseball trade deadline, but they still have one of the strongest systems in baseball. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a beneficiary of this strong system, and a prospect who has emerged is pitcher Connor Greene. Greene was named to Baseball America’s Blue Jays top ten prospects list, where he was listed as the second best prospect on the roster.
The 20-year-old right handed pitcher emerged as a surprise to be at the Double A level in 2015. He was promoted to the Fisher Cats in August after a torrid one-month stint with the High A Dunedin Jays. In Dunedin, he put up a 2.25 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Greene has had control issues at the higher level of Double A, where he is one of the youngest pitcher. His WHIP of 1.48 is a little higher than the Jays would like from their top prospect, but he should return back to New Hampshire in 2016. In 25 innings pitcher with the Fisher Cats in 2015, Greene posted a 3-1 record and a 4.68 earned run average.
The 6’3, 165 lbs power pitcher has to grow into his body before his stuff allows him to be a dominant pitcher. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB draft, Greene’s emergence as a top pitching prospect comes at the right time for the Jays with the loss of prospect Danie Norris in their trade for David Price.
Greene’s biggest improvement in 2015 came when he figured out his curveball while pitching in Dunedin. That, along with his plus fastball and possibly a third pitch as a splitter, gives him a solid arsenal to work with moving forward.
Overall between three levels in 2015, Greene posted a 12-7 record with a 3.54 ERA over 132.1 innings pitched. He should spend most of next season with the Fisher Cats, where he could emerge as one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues.