Conner Greene

James Conner Greene (born April 4, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Conner Greene
Conner Greene Dunedin
Greene with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2015
Kansas City Royals
Born: April 4, 1995 (age 23)
Santa Monica, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Professional career

Greene attended Santa Monica High School, where he posted a 1.63 earned run average (ERA) and 76 strikeouts in his senior year,[1] and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3] He had committed to play baseball at the College of Southern Nevada, but he chose to sign with the Blue Jays for $100,000 rather than attend.[4] He was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays for the 2013 season, and pitched to a 1–1 record, 5.28 ERA, and 20 strikeouts in 30​23 innings.[2] Greene split the 2014 season with the GCL Blue Jays and the Rookie Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays, and posted a 3–4 record, 3.03 ERA, and 51 strikeouts in 59​13 innings pitched.[2]

Greene began the 2015 season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, where he posted a 7–3 win–loss record, 3.88 ERA, and 65 strikeouts in 67​13 innings, before being promoted to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays.[2] He debuted for Dunedin on July 4 and took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits.[5] On August 6, Greene set a career-high in strikeouts, with 10, while pitching seven shutout innings for Dunedin.[6] He was then promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and took the win in his debut on August 13, pitching six shutout innings against the Akron RubberDucks.[7] Greene made 26 starts in the 2015 season, posting a combined 12–7 record, 3.54 ERA, and 115 strikeouts in 132​13 innings.[2]

Greene was invited to Major League spring training on January 12, 2016,[8] and reassigned to minor league camp on March 10.[9] Greene was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays to open the 2016 minor league season.[10] He was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire in early July, and pitched his first career complete game and shutout on July 26, defeating the Harrisburg Senators 1–0.[11] Greene made 27 total starts in 2016, and pitched to a 10–9 record, 3.51 ERA, and 99 strikeouts in a career-high 146​13 innings.[2] After the 2016 season, the Blue Jays assigned Greene to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[12] He made four starts for Mesa and struggled with his control, walking 11 batters in 10 total innings.[13] Greene spent all of 2017 with New Hampshire. In 132​23 innings (26 games with 25 being starts), Greene went 5–10 with a 5.29 ERA and 92 strikeouts. He continued to struggle with his command, issuing 83 walks.[2] On November 20, 2017, Greene was added to Toronto's 40-man roster.[14]

On January 19, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Greene (along with Dominic Leone) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Randal Grichuk.[15] He began the 2018 season with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals and was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in June.[16] In forty games (ten starts) between the two clubs, he pitched to a 4-5 record with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.[17] After the season, the Cardinals assigned him to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.[18]

The Cardinals designated Greene for assignment on November 20, 2018.[19] On November 26 he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals.[20]

Personal life

Greene is an avid surfer, and has also worked as a model. He is friends with actor Charlie Sheen, and made several minor appearances on the television series Anger Management.[21]


  1. ^ Capobianco, Tony (March 30, 2014). "Samohi's Conner Greene destined for stardom". Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Conner Greene Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Peaslee, Evan (June 7, 2013). "Blue Jays take high school arm Greene in Round 7". Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Conner Greene". Future Blue Jays. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Kelner, Marshall (July 4, 2015). "D-Jays Fall Behind Early in 6-2 Loss". Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Kelner, Marshall (August 6, 2015). "Greene Dominates Tortugas, D-Jays Avoid Sweep". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Greene Beats Akron in Impressive Debut". August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Blue Jays Invite 14 to Spring Training". January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (March 10, 2016). "Touted Greene part of second round of cuts". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Rosenbaum, Mike (April 7, 2016). "Where the Blue Jays' Top 30 prospects are starting the season". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Leboff, Michael (July 26, 2016). "Greene hurls first shutout for Fisher Cats". Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 Arizona Fall League Rosters". August 31, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Winter Leagues: Arizona Fall League: Statistics". Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  14. ^ Davidi, Shi (November 20, 2017). "Jansen, Tellez among players added to Blue Jays' 40-man roster". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  15. ^ Hummel, Rick (January 19, 2018). "Cardinals trade Grichuk to Toronto for two young pitchers". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
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  17. ^ "Conner Greene Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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  20. ^ "Royals Claim Conner Greene, Designate Burch Smith For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumours. November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  21. ^ MacLeod, Robert (March 6, 2016). "Gibbons impressed with Jays' pitching prospect, 'goofball' Conner Greene". Retrieved March 6, 2016.

External links

2013 Major League Baseball draft

The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 6 through June 8, 2013. It was broadcast from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey, but only during first and second rounds.

Each team received one selection per round, going in reverse order of the 2012 MLB season final standings. In addition, teams could receive compensation draft picks if they made a qualifying offer to a free agent player from their team, if the player rejected the offer and signed with another team.

2013 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 37th season of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise, and the 24th full season of play (25th overall) at the Rogers Centre. Despite high expectations heading into the season, the Blue Jays finished 74–88, in last place in the division.

2017 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 2017 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Competing as a member of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12), the team played its home games at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. They were led by second-year head coach Matt Campbell. They finished the season 8–5, 5–4 in Big 12 play to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they defeated Memphis.

2018 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 2018 Iowa State Cyclones football team represents Iowa State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Competing as a member of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12), the team plays its home games at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. They are led by third-year head coach Matt Campbell. They finished the season 8-4, 6-3 in the Big 12, the most conference wins in a season. They finished third in the Big 12, behind #4 Oklahoma and #14 Texas. They are invited to the Alamo Bowl to play #13 Washington State.

2018 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2018 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the American League East division of Major League Baseball (MLB), and the 28th full season of play (29th overall) at Rogers Centre.

2019 Kansas City Royals season

The 2019 Kansas City Royals season will be their 51st season for the franchise, and their 47th at Kauffman Stadium.

Arizona Fall League rosters

Below are the rosters for the Arizona Fall League (AFL), an off-season baseball league owned and operated by Major League Baseball. The AFL operates during the autumn in Arizona at six different baseball complexes.

Burch Smith

Burch Taylor Smith (born April 12, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals.

Connor (given name)

Connor is an Irish male given name, anglicised from the compound Irish word "Conchobhar", meaning "lover of hounds". Its popularity likely derived from the name of Conchobar mac Nessa, a semi-legendary king of Ulster in Dál Riata described in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.

Variant forms of Connor appear across the British isles and include Conor and Conner. In the Catholic tradition of latinising names, for purposes of baptism and confirmation, it is often translated to 'Cornelius'.

Dominic Leone

Dominic Joseph Leone (born October 26, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut for the Seattle Mariners, and has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to playing professionally, Leone played college baseball for the Clemson Tigers.

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014.

The name Royals pays homage to the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899 as well as the identical names of two former negro league baseball teams that played in the first half of the 20th century (one a semi-pro team based in Kansas City in the 1910s and 1920s that toured the Midwest and a California Winter League team based in Los Angeles in the 1940s that was managed by Chet Brewer and included Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson on its roster). The Los Angeles team had personnel connections to the Monarchs but could not use the Monarchs name. The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team's board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.Entering the American League in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

List of Major League Baseball team rosters

Below are the full rosters, including the coaching staffs, of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. All teams are allowed up to 40 players on their roster, which doesn't include players on the 60-day injury list.

Randal Grichuk

Randal Alexander Grichuk (born August 13, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas. He played five seasons in the Angels' minor leagues system, losing time to injury but also developing home-run hitting ability throughout. The Angels traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in November 2013, and he made his major league debut on April 28, 2014.

Grichuk can hit for power, and provides speed and strong defense. He plays all three outfield positions, possessing a strong arm and patrolling mainly right field in the minor leagues. Originally projected to be a first baseman before the draft, he improved his outfield defense and won the Gold Glove Award for all minor league right fielders in 2013.

Surprise Saguaros

The Surprise Saguaros are a baseball team that plays in the West Division of the Arizona Fall League. They play their home games at Surprise Stadium in the town of Surprise, Arizona.

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