When covering the 2005 Aflac All-American Classic, Grant Green was a popular subject when talking about the top prospects available for the 2006 draft with the scouts and college recruiters in attendance. His athleticism was obvious, and scouts knew he had the complete package. He was a little slow to develop, and at the time there were some concerned that his body type and size would necessitate a move to third base down the road, and his swing was a tad long. Three years later, Green's value has exploded by showing five true tools, putting up impressive numbers, and silencing critics about his ability to stick at the shortstop position. That "tad-long" swing allows him to get great extension at the plate, the source of his power potential, and he has shown he can make the necessary adjustments swinging a wood bat in his two summers playing on the Cape. This past summer he finished second in the league in slugging percentage (.547), third in hits (56), doubles (12) and extra-base hits (19), while finishing fourth in hitting (.348) and fifth in on-base percentage (.451). Green showcases the rare combination of size, power and speed, making him an exciting, new generation, big-bodied shortstop prospect who has received comparisons to Troy Tulowitzki. He continues to get better and better with every stop he makes, and could be among the top three to five players taken next June. He will be advised by Scott Boras, a recurring theme among the top players eligible for the 2009 draft, so you never know where he will be drafted.
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