After smacking a single as a pinch hitter in his first Major League at bat on Aug. 31, Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman Taylor Green went 2-for-5, drove in a run and scored once in his first Major League starting assignment on Saturday, Sept. 3.
On Monday the Comox Valley minor baseball stalwart got the nod for the second time in three games over resident third baseman Casey McGehee and went 1-for-4. Through six games with the Brewers, Green was batting .538 (7-for-13) and had three doubles.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke has indicated the club is open-minded about including the 24-year-old, who was promoted to the Majors on Aug. 27, on a potential postseason roster.
Green’s solid start in The Bigs comes after he batted .336 with 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 120 games with Triple-A Nashville, a performance that will earn him consideration for the Brewers’ Minor League player of the year honour. Green won the award in 2007, then endured two down years marred by a wrist injury.
Meanwhile, the Brewers didn’t intend to showcase their recently promoted prospect at second base, but did so Wednesday to give veteran Jerry Hairston another day to rest a stiff neck.
Green grew up a second baseman but has spent most of his time in 2011 at third, where he made his first two Major League starts on the team’s current road trip. He did see some time at second base for Triple-A Nashville when Zelous Wheeler was manning third.
“I like making double play turns, and I feel pretty comfortable there. It shouldn’t be a big problem,” said Green, who said the key was simply getting playing time. He never expected to be among the team’s late-season callups.
“The more the better,” he said. “You take advantage of every opportunity you get – it’s been the same thing since I was 15 years old.”
Hairston was expected to be back in the lineup on Thursday against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.