Shane Greene was drafted in the 15th round of the 2009 amateur player draft, out of Daytona beach community college in Florida. He is a right handed starting pitcher listed at six foot, four inches, 210 pounds. He was the Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
Jordan Gorosh tweeted this brief report on Greene
Greene: nice P body. Some funk. 2-seamer 93-96. Some 4SFB in same velo band. Also throws cutter and a slider. Number 4 starter.— TigersProspectReport (@TigersProspects) December 5, 2014
In six seasons in the minor leagues, working his way up through the Yankees' farm system, Greene made 120 appearances, including 103 starts, posting an ERA of 4.39, a WHIP of 1.47, allowing 9.7 hits, 0.5 home runs, 3.6 walks, and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
In 2013, between high- A Tampa and double- A Trenton, Greene pitched 154 innings with a 3.38 ERA, and a 1.32 WHIP, and was named the Yankees' minor league pitcher of the year. He was on his way up. In 2014 at triple- A Scranton- Wilkes Barre, Greene made 15 appearances, 13 starts, pitching to a 4.61 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP.
Greene was called up to the major leagues in April, making his debut in relief on April 24, 2014. He worked one third of an inning and was returned to the International league. The Yankees recalled Greene in July, this time as a starting pitcher, and he remained in the Yankees' starting rotation for the remainder of the season.
Greene made 14 starts for New York, posting an ERA of 3.78 with a WHIP of 1.40 in 78-2/3 innings. He allowed 29 walks, eight home runs, and struck out 81 batters. He posted a line of 3.73 FIP, 3.40 xFIP, 3.41 SIERA.
Greene attended East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida. He received a scholarship to attend the University of West Florida, in order to play college baseball for the West Florida Argonauts. He had to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2008. He transferred to Daytona Beach Community College, and was drafted by New York in 2009.
The Tigers plan to have Greene start the season in the starting rotation immediately. Prior to the trade, the team was planning to replace former Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer, with one of several minor league starting pitchers. It would appear that this trade ensures that Scherzer will not be returning to Detroit, barring another trade involving a Tigers' starting pitcher going elsewhere.