Former SF Giants infielder Zach Green found a new home on Thursday as he signed a minor-league pact with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers announced the signing of the former SF Giants infielder via Twitter and indicated that the contract included a Spring Training invite.
Green, originally drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, came over to San Francisco before the 2019 season as a minor league free agent.
Across eight minor league seasons, the right-handed bat slashed .262/.331/.468 with 89 home runs and 340 RBI. This included a 7.7 percent walk rate against a 27.5 percent strikeout rate.
The bat had never been a question for Green, but durability had been as he appeared in over 100 games just once in his minor league career. Furthermore, finding a spot in the field was an issue as well.
Green had extensive minor league experience at first base and third base, but third base was expected to become a challenge as his career progressed.
Green joined the Giants Triple-A affiliate after not making the club out of Spring Training, and he immediately became a potent bat for the Sacramento River Cats. Across 297 plate appearances, he registered a .282/.380/.659 line with 25 home runs and 64 RBI.
This clearly caught the attention of the front office as Green was promoted to the big club by midseason. And, it did not take long for him to introduce himself to major league pitching:
In total, Green notched two hits in 14 at-bats in his rookie campaign before ending the season on the shelf due to a hip impingement.
The 26-year-old returned to the Giants organization in 2020 but was removed from the 40-man roster in the process. He did not appear with San Francisco last season, but he did work out at the alternate training site in Sacramento.
Green became a free agent following the season and did not wait long before landing with the Brewers. Young infielder Luis Urias held down the hot corner for the Brewers for much of the season.
However, after posting a 64 OPS+ in 120 plate appearances, the incumbent third baseman does not seem to have a solid hold on the starting spot. If healthy, Green could be competing for at-bats next season as his power has never been a question.