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Monday, April 28, 2003 - by Tim Evearitt
Bobby Basham is the starting pitcher for Chattanooga Monday night. <i>Click to enlarge photo.</i>
Bobby Basham is the starting pitcher for Chattanooga Monday night. Click to enlarge photo.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Serious baseball fans have a chance to watch another future Major Leaguer as he passes through Chattanooga enroute to the Big Show.

A couple weeks ago it was the 20 year-old third baseman Miguel Cabrera with the Carolina Mudcats (Florida Marlins).

Now playing in Chattanooga is Khalil Greene, - a 23 year-old shortstop for Mobile (San Diego Padres).

Greene was not drafted out of high school but was a 14th-round pick of the Cubs after his junior year at Clemson University.

Scouts finally believed in him last year when he won the Baseball America's College Player of the Year and Golden Spikes awards, in addition to carrying Clemson to the College World Series.

Drafted 13th overall, he signed for $1.5 million and had no trouble adapting to pro ball.

Baseball America's Assessment

Strengths

All of Greene’s tools are average or better, and he adds excellent instincts.

His bat speed, hand-eye coordination, pitch recognition and ability to adjust make him the best pure hitter in the system. He also has surprising power for his size.

Scouts question whether he’s a pure shortstop, but his hands, range, arm, first-step quickness and body control are all assets.

Weaknesses

Greene’s range and arm are slightly above-average but not extraordinary for a shortstop. The Padres believe his total package will allow him to stay at short.

His only drawback at the plate is that he makes contact so easily that he doesn’t draw many walks.

Greene could be the first 2002 draftee to reach the majors, perhaps as early as this summer.

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Tonight local baseball fans have the opportunity to watch Greene go up against Baseball America's choice for #2 Top Prospect of the Cincinnati Reds, pitcher Bobby Basham.
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Portions of this article have been adapted Baseball America's website.

Right hander Bobby Basham delivers for the Lookouts. <i>Click to enlarge photo.</i>
Right hander Bobby Basham delivers for the Lookouts. Click to enlarge photo.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

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