After a mediocre showing for the Padres' AA affiliate (.275, 3HR, 16/55 BB/K), Khalil Greene, the 13th pick of the 2002 draft, has been back in form. Just as he did at Clemson, Greene has been hitting for a high average (.338) since being promoted to AAA. While his plate discipline is still bad (2BB/17K) in 18 games, his power numbers are improving (4HR + 2 2b).
Greene is probably the closest player to the major leagues from the 2002 top 15. With Mark Loretta on the trading block (obviously being showcased batting 3rd), and a mediocre backup next on the depth chart, I expect the second Loretta is traded, Khalil Greene will be promoted to the major leagues and start every day.
Zack Greinke...the next Greg Maddux. LOOK IT UP!
For what it's worth.