Justin Raynard Greene
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School Francis Marion University
- High School Stratford High School
- Born October 10, 1985 in Goose Creek, SC USA
Outfielder Justin Greene played in the affiliated minor leagues from 2008 to 2014.
He hit .319/.366/.375 as a college freshman, .351/.452/.495 with 48 runs in 56 games as a sophomore, .324/.453/.468 with 50 runs in 54 contests a junior and .384/.472/.581 with 54 runs in 54 games his senior year. He set school career records in runs (163), hit-by-pitch (48) and sacrifice hits (38). He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round of the 2008 amateur draft, was signed by scout Kevin Burrell, and began his professional career that season.
He played for the Bristol White Sox (.274/.357/.409, 26 SB, 42 R in 49 G) and Kannapolis Intimidators (7 for 28, 2B, 3B) that year and hit a combined .271/.346/.402 with 27 stolen bases in 35 tries and 48 runs scored in 56 games. He tied Alex Castellanos, Niko Vasquez and L.V. Ware for 5th in the Appalachian League in runs and led in steals (6 more than Castellanos and Jordan Kendall). Baseball America named him the fastest baserunner in the Pale Hose chain. With Kannapolis (.303/.394/.444 in 81 G) and the Winston-Salem Dash (.240/.332/.309 in 49 G) in 2009, he hit .279/.371/.392 with 28 stolen bases in 42 attempts and 80 runs in 130 games. He was second in the White Sox chain in steals (two behind John Shelby III) and ranked 5th in runs.
In 2010, he hit .278/.344/.482 with 12 triples, 13 home runs and 23 steals (caught 11 times) for the Dash and Birmingham Barons. Due to his performance with Winston-Salem (.309/.389/.562, 10 HR, 17 SB), he was a Carolina League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star (as the utility outfielder, behind Brandon Short, Xavier Avery and Ronnie Welty). He also earned two Player of the Week honors that year. He slumped to .232/.271/.363 in 47 games for the Barons. He had 11 assists and only four errors overall. He was second in the White Sox chain in swipes and led in triples, one ahead of Eduardo Escobar. In the Carolina League, he tied Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and Cole Miles for the most three-baggers.
Playing for the Barons (.262/.337/,422 in 95 G) and Triple-A Charlotte Knights (.256/.316/.430 in 22 G) in 2011, Greene hit .260/.333/.423 with 11 home runs, 13 stolen bases in 22 tries and 150 strikeouts in 117 games. He tied Seth Loman for 8th in the Southern League with 122 whiffs and was 5th in the Chicago chain (between Jordan Danks and Ian Gac). He hit .256/.337/.406 with 26 stolen bases (only caught five times), 10 assists and 3 errors in 95 games for the Barons and Knights in 2012. He tied Carlos Sanchez for 4th in the White Sox farm system in steals.
Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash on March 22, 2013, Greene spent all of that year with the Mobile Bay Bears and hit .308/.377/.413 with 31 stolen bases in 43 tries, 75 runs in 117 games. He was a Southern League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star. He was MVP of the SL All-Star Game, going 1 for 3 with triple, steal, run and RBI. He edged Kevin Kiermaier by .001 for the SL batting title, was 6th in runs (between Keenyn Walker and Nick Evans), ranked 5th in OBP (between Cameron Seitzer and Mark Canha), tied Kiermaier and Rubi Silva for second in triples and tied Arismendy Alcantara and Joc Pederson for third in steals. He tied Socrates Brito for the most triples by a Diamondback minor leaguer and was third in steals behind Ender Inciarte and Tony Campana. After struggling in the Diamondbacks chain in 2014, he became an offensive dynamo in the indy ranks and Mexican League, hitting .358/.423/.500 for the independent York Revolution in 2014, .346/.404/.485 in the Mexican and Mexican Winter Leagues in 2015 and .335/.408/.485 in those leagues in 2016. In those respective campaigns, he also stole 31, 29 and 51 bases. In the Mexican League in 2017, he hit .354/.426/.513 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 51 steals in 97 games between two teams.
Sources include 2014 Diamondbacks Media Guide