Green’s Major League career depends upon his ability to play shortstop, because he doesn’t have the bat for any other position. He was hitting .377 in Richmond, and immediately after his callup, it looked like he might hit on the major league level, but soon enough he deteriorated to the level of his previous minor league seasons.

MAY .304 .391 .446
JUN .272 .321 .359
JUL .283 .277 .435
AUG .296 .296 .407
SEP .222 .222 .333
SEA .273 .312 .386

That July line is not a misprint; he actually had a lower OBP than BA because he had a sac fly but no walks. In fact, he didn’t draw a walk after June 16. Some of that is due to irregular usage, but he was swinging at everything. His strikeout rate was pretty constant… If you hit above your head at first, you can live off that for some time until the real you surfaces. Green fed off what he did in May for months before the stats evened out.

There’s little use for a guy with a 700 OPS unless he’s a first-class defender. David Pinto really likes Green’s defense at second base, rating it better than Giles’, or any 2B other than Chase Utley. I don’t agree, but it was good. Good enough to survive a move across the infield should Furcal leave? Maybe, but the Braves haven’t used Green at shortstop yet, and I believe they actually moved him off shortstop because they didn’t like his arm. He obviously isn’t going to move Marcus off second base, and there’s no spot open at third either. So he needs to either be able to play shortstop full-time (to replace Furcal when the time comes) or at least part-time (to make it as a utility infielder). He will probably make the team in the latter role.

Nick Green – MLB Minor League Statistics – Baseball Cube