Tyler Greene? Not so much.
The middle infielder, who many believe cracked under the pressure that Tony LaRussa placed on him while they were both in uniform for the Cardinals, found himself on the outside looking in after a weak spring training with the Houston Astros. He was released from his contract prior to opening day and he drifted off into oblivion. Or Chicago. Same thing in most people’s minds.
Tyler Greene is a Chicago White Sox infielder. That news was a surprise to me as I read a recent article over at the St. Louis Sports Page about former Cardinals and how they are performing. I had not heard anyone talking about him. No fans rumbling about his arrival in the big leagues when Gordon Beckham went down hurt. No sudden jubilation when he signed a contract with the pale hose on April 1st.
Surprisingly, not even a blurb on the internet when Greene went yard on April 26.
Greene is playing well in Chicago in very limited duty. He has produced a .276/.323/.483 slashline in 29 at bats, producing a single home run and two runs batted in while scoring four times. He has entered the game as a pinch runner or pinch hitter almost as many times (5) as he has on the field as a second baseman (6). He has yet to attempt to steal a base and has committed one error in 29 chances.
Tyler Greene is a bench player in major league baseball, continuing to patrol the middle infield and run the base paths. Leaving St. Louis has not injected his career with a sudden level of success. The absence of Tony LaRussa has not allowed Greene to improve to the level that everyone thought.
Even so, it appears that no one cares.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at i70baseball.
You can follow him on Twitter by clicking here.