Shane Greene

Shane Greene
Greene (center) with Francisco Cervelli (left) and Derek Jeter (right)
Detroit Tigers – No. 61
Born: (1988-11-17) November 17, 1988
Clermont, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 24, 2014, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through August 30, 2018)
Win–loss record 20–24
Earned run average 4.70
Strikeouts 319
Saves 39

Shane Greene (born November 17, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees.


Greene attended East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida, and played for their baseball team as a pitcher.[1] He received a scholarship to attend the University of West Florida, in order to play college baseball for the West Florida Argonauts. He lost his scholarship in May 2008 when he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. He transferred to Daytona Beach Community College. While rehabilitating, the velocity of his fastball improved from 89 miles per hour (143 km/h) before the surgery to 93 to 94 miles per hour (150 to 151 km/h) after.[2][3]

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees selected Greene in the 15th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.[4] He was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[5] He won the Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2013.[6][7]

Greene was assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League to start the 2014 season. He was promoted to the major leagues on April 9, 2014.[8] He made his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park on April 24. In July, Greene replaced Vidal Nuño in the Yankees starting rotation,[9] and he remained in the starting rotation for the remainder of the season.[10] He ended the season with a 5–4 win–loss record and a 3.78 earned run average (ERA), while recording more than one strikeout per inning pitched.[11]

Detroit Tigers

On December 5, 2014, the Yankees traded Greene to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team transaction that brought Robbie Ray and Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees.[12]


Greene began the 2015 season in the Tigers' starting rotation, where he posted a 3–0 record, allowing only one earned run in his first three starts with an 0.39 ERA. In his next 10 starts, he posted a 1–6 record with an 8.60 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs on 21 hits over nine innings in his last three starts. On June 12, Greene was optioned to the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League, and his spot in the rotation was given to Kyle Ryan.[13] On June 16, in his first start for the Mud Hens, Greene went 713 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, and one strikeout.[14]

On July 27, 2015, it was announced that the Tigers would move Greene from the starting rotation to the bullpen. After returning to the Tigers following a stint with the Toledo Mud Hens on July 12, he gave up 17 runs on 24 hits over 1323 innings. He posted a 9.20 ERA in his last 13 appearances, and did not last more than five innings in his last six starts.[15][16] On August 23, 2015, Greene was diagnosed with a pseudoaneurysm in his throwing hand, and underwent season-ending surgery on August 27 to repair the circumflex artery in his throwing shoulder, ending his season with a 4–8 record and a 6.88 ERA in 18 games.[17][18]


Greene made the Tigers' 2016 starting rotation, though he pitched out of the bullpen in the team's April 5 opening day game against the Miami Marlins and earned his first major league save.[19] After pitching three innings of an April 24 start against the Cleveland Indians, Greene was removed from the game due to a blister on his throwing hand, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He returned from the DL on June 4, and was placed in the Tigers bullpen.[20] For the 2016 season, Greene made 50 appearances (47 in relief), posting a 5–4 record and 5.82 ERA, while striking out 59 batters in 60 13 innings pitched.


After filling a setup role in the Tiger bullpen for the first four months of 2017, Greene was named the team's closer on July 31, following the deadline trade of incumbent closer Justin Wilson.[21] Greene had his best season as a major leaguer in 2017, appearing in 71 games (all in relief) with a career-best 2.66 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, while striking out 73 batters in 67 23 innings. In limited opportunities as a closer, he recorded nine saves.


On January 17, 2018, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Greene, agreeing on a one-year contract worth $1.95 million.[22] He was announced as the Tigers' closer to begin the season and recorded his first save against the Chicago White Sox on April 5th, striking out the side in the bottom of the tenth to preserve a 9-7 Tigers victory. He was placed on the disabled list on July 2 with a strained right shoulder.[23]

Pitch selection

Greene throws a four-seam fastball and a sinking two-seam fastball that each average 93–96 mph (topping out at 98 mph). His primary offspeed pitch is a slider in the 87–90 mph range, and he also throws a curveball in the low 80s.[24]


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  2. Woronoff, Brent (June 9, 2009). "Pitcher may get drafted despite surgery, layoff: Pitcher Shane Greene returned from Tommy John surgery with better velocity and has scouts very interested". Daytona News-Journal. p. 5B. Retrieved November 16, 2013. (subscription required)
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  5. "Yanks make deal with Padres, add six to 40-man roster". November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
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  10. "In a lost season, this Yankee has been an unlikely success story". New York Post. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
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  13. Fenech, Anthony (June 12, 2015). "Tigers send starter Shane Greene to Triple-A Toledo". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  14. Zmuda, Matthew (June 16, 2015). "Greene stellar despite extra inning loss". MiLB. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  15. Beck, Jason (July 27, 2015). "Tigers add prospect Farmer to taxed bullpen". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  16. Schmehl, James (July 27, 2015). "Detroit Tigers will move struggling starting pitcher Shane Greene to bullpen". MLive. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  17. Beck, Jason (August 23, 2015). "Greene diagnosed with pseudoaneurysm in hand". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  18. McCosky, Chris (August 26, 2015). "Tigers' Shane Greene to undergo surgery, season over". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  19. Wine, Steven (April 5, 2016). "Kinsler's 4 RBIs help Tigers beat Marlins 8-7 in 11 innings". Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  20. Savage, Brendan (June 4, 2016). "Tigers notes: Shane Greene to come out of bullpen after leaving DL". Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  21. McCosky, Chris (July 31, 2017). "Shane Greene slides into closer role for Tigers". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  22. Beck, Jason (January 17, 2018). "Tigers avoid arbitration with Iglesias". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  24. "Shane Greene PitchFX at". Retrieved September 20, 2016.
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