To the north of St. Louis and to the south of Indianapolis, Green was raised in Effingham, Illinois. At Effingham High School, he was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Area honoree in baseball and basketball.
Chase, Chad’s twin brother, was also a baseball player and went on to play for Southern Illinois for all five years of his eligibility.
However, he was ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the state of Illinois by Baseball America.
The Blue Jays drafted Green out of high school in the 37th round, although he was never signed by the organization. In order to keep his promise to Louisville, he accepted the position of low-stress relief as a freshman.
During his first year at the university, Green compiled a 1.93 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 16 walks in 42 innings of work. As a sophomore, he threw 46.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA with 42/23 K/BB in the bullpen.
On to the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year, where he made a name for himself with the Bourne Braves. As the best college pitchers in the nation, he recorded 47 strikeouts in 42 innings of work.
During Green’s junior season, the Cardinals added him to the starting lineup. It took him 18 starts to rack up 104.1 innings of work with a 2.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts and 27 walks.
As a result, he was named to the Big East’s Second Team. In two postseason starts, Green allowed five runs in 12 innings and won both times.
A loss in the first two games of the College World Series ended Louisville’s chances of making the tournament, therefore Green was unable to pitch in Omaha.
At the time of his graduation from Louisville, Green had the greatest ERA in school history at 2.38 in 193 innings pitched. According to Baseball America, he is the 267th top prospect in the 2013 draft class and Kentucky’s ninth best prospect.
The Tigers signed him to a one-year, $100,000 contract after selecting him in the 336th overall round of the draft. Green was traded to the Yankees earlier this month in the Justin Wilson deal.
As a relief pitcher, Green began his pro career with the Tigers’ High Class-A affiliate, after a brief stint with the Tigers’ rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate. With 16 strikeouts and six walks in 20.1 professional innings in 2013, Green has a 3.54 ERA (3.22 FIP).
Green was relegated to the Tigers’ Low Class-A affiliate for the 2014 season despite a strong showing in High-A. He threw 130.1 innings and had a 3.11 ERA for the year (3.08 FIP).
Green had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 23.9% against the batters he faced. Baseball America ranked him 29th in the team’s 2015 Prospect Handbook following the season.
The Tigers promoted Green from Double-A to Double-A this past season, where he recorded a 3.93 ERA (3.22 FIP) in 148.2 innings, which is an unusual development route for a pitcher.
Despite being nearly six months younger than the typical Eastern Leaguer, he produced respectable strikeout and walk rates of 20.9% and 6.6%, respectively.
Where Did Chad Green Attend College?
Chad Green attended the University of Louisville. Chad was a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ baseball team in college. With a career earned run average (ERA) of 2.38, he left as the school’s all-time leader.