A Closer Look at Brewer Taylor Green
Brewer injuries have given us an unexpected introduction to some new faces over the last week, one being twenty-five year old Canadian native Taylor Green. Green was recalled up from the Nashville Sounds where he has spent most of his time since the start of the 2011 season. (I bet John Axford was happy to see a fellow Canadian back on the Brewers active roster.)
Green was drafted into the Brewers organization back in 2005. He’s not completely new to the majors though, as he did spend 20 games with the team last season, hitting .270 in 37 at bats. With Nashville, he was hitting .289, with one homerun this season and was called up in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.
Though a career third baseman, Green will likely split time at first base with Travis Ishikawa. As of Friday, it looked like Brooks Conrad was going to be the Brewer’s choice at first (brought up from Nashville on Friday), but after a less than stellar performance offensively, going 0-for-4, it’s unclear whether the thirty-two year old will be used as a backup to Izturis at shortstop, or in a situation like we saw Sunday where the offensive options were exhausted.
In his first major league start at first base, Green went 1-for-4 with a double in the first inning. He looked sharp defensively especially with the 2 solid flips to Marcum for 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth. Argue all you want, but I think Taylor Green will be an on-par replacement for Gamel at first.