#MLBPlayers411 | Chad Green
Chad Green has pitched so well this season that he's shed the relative anonymity he once enjoyed in the Yankees' deep and star-studded bullpen.
A few months ago Green might be overlooked in the opposition's scouting report filled with notes about the Yankees' elite relievers like Aroldis Chapman, who routinely hits triple digits on the radar gun, Dellin Betances who is a four-time All-Star and, now, returnee David Robertson, who has 132 career saves.
But Green, a relatively unknown commodity in the New York's farm system at the start of the season, is now turning heads around the American League. His 2.7 WAR is best among all Yankees' relievers, according to Baseball Reference.
“He's our biggest weapon,” Betances said.
The 26-year-old right-hander from South Carolina is one of just three relievers who are undefeated in the majors with at least five wins and a sub-2.00 earned run average, along with Boston's Craig Kimbrel and the Dodgers' Kenley Jansen.
Green is 5-0, with a 1.87 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings. He also sports the third-best strikeout rate (41.6) in the majors.
Just four of 28 inherited runners have scored against him and he has retired 35 of 37 first batters --two key marks for situational relievers. Overall, opponents are hitting .147 off Green in 2017.
Green, who was called up last season as a starter for the Yankees, has spent nearly the entire 2017 season with the big league club after being called up in May.
His reliever-versus-starter splits are telling. As a reliever Green is 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 41 career games, compared to a 2-4 record, with a 6.10 ERA in nine career starts.
"I think that's the mindset that I try to have, knowing that I might only face the lineup one time," Green told MLB.com this season. "I have 30, 40 pitches to work with instead of 100. I just try to take it a pitch at a time."
Elevated fastball velocity has contributed to his success as a reliever. Couple the increased velocity with his outstanding 2,447 rpm spin rate, and Green's fastball has been nearly unhittable.
"It just jumps on you," catcher Austin Romine told Newsday. "I don't know how else to put that in words. It comes in and it keeps its velocity and kind of jumps at you, instead of a normal fastball coming in.”
Green was an 11th-round pick in 2013 by Detroit out of the University of Louisville. He was traded to the Yankees with Luis Cessa for Justin Wilson during the 2015 Winter Meetings.
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