July 30, 2012
Chris Green signs with Baltimore Orioles
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Former Northwest Missouri State pitcher, Chris Green, was offered a minor league contract by the Baltimore Orioles Monday and is expected to be designated for assignment later this week.
Green pitched for two seasons at Northwest serving as the staff ace and going 3-4 for the Bearcats during his senior season in 17 starts. He had battled back from Tommy John surgery after leading Northwest with an 8-5 record as a junior. However, the right-handed pitcher has fully recovered and showed no effects of the surgery mentioning his arm feels the best it ever has since high school.
"Chris was a dominant performer in his junior season,” said Northwest head coach Darin Loe. “Unfortunately, an arm injury during summer ball forced surgery during his senior season. After redshirting and coming back for his 5th year, Chris worked hard to get back to his true form"
Over the summer as a relief pitcher with the St. Joseph Mustangs, Green posted a 1.62 ERA allowing only nine hits in 17.1 innings out of the bullpen.
A trio of teams showed interest in Green during the summer, before Baltimore took a chance on the Joplin native. The call came shortly after helping the Mustangs to a win in the first round of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita Sunday night.
The Mustangs claimed the MINK League North Division Title to earn a spot in the NBC World Series. Green was one of three Bearcats on the Mustangs with outfielder Jake Kretzer and pitcher Carson Smith.
Teams interested in Green included the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners throughout the summer; however, it was Baltimore who showed up in Wichita and offered Green a contract following Sunday night’s win.
“I knew I had a chance to make a team, but had to get my arm healthy,” Green said. “Just having teams interested was pretty exciting. It’s been an awesome summer making it to the World Series and now to keep playing baseball.”
Loe added praise noting his velocity has returned and will continue to excel in the Baltimore organization.
"I am excited that Chris is getting the opportunity to show his ability at the next level,” Loe said. “He has always had the mental and physical tools to play at this level. Chris is one of the most competitive and hardworking players I have ever had the opportunity to coach. With his arm 100 percent healthy again, these attributes will allow him to excel in professional baseball."
St. Joseph will continue action at the NBC World Series facing a team from Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday night. A win would place the Mustangs just two wins away from the championship game in the double-elimination tournament, but they will have to do so without Green who was not ready for his season or career to come to an end.
“The way things were running down the end I was getting worried that it was coming to an end and I was getting ready to play my last couple games in the World Series. It coming at this time was really exciting for me. I wasn’t ready quit just yet.”
Green will travel to Sarasota, Fla., for a physical and said he will likely join Baltimore’s rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.
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