With the Los Angeles Dodgers continuing to have a need for depth of pitching last season, Conner Greene was one of those who spent time organizing.
Greene was released from the Baltimore Orioles in August, along with Anthony Bemboom of the LA Angels. Danny Duffy and Clayton Kershaw were both put on the 60-day injured list to make way for Bemboom and Greene on the 40-man list.
Greene allowed six runs in 3.2 innings over three appearances for the Orioles before he was designated for use. The Santa Monica, California native was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
The three games Greene set up for the Orioles that year were his first time with the majors. He went 1-3 with a 7.39 ERA in nine games (three starts) with her triple-A partner.
“He’s a Santa Monica kid, we have a lot of six degrees in Kevin Bacon relationships, with I’m from UCLA,” said manager Dave Roberts at the time of the squad change.
“I know he’s excited to be a dodger, his kids team. He’s got really big stuff with fastball, a couple of different breakballs and changes. My message to him and the pitching coaches was: ‘Just go yourself and let us help you get out.’
“I know he’s thrilled, I’m sure his family is thrilled and we are happy to have him.”
The Dodgers quickly added Greene to their active roster, but he only appeared in two games before being given an option for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander accumulated a strikeout and played a goalless inning in both of his appearances.
Then, three days after the option, Greene was designated as one of two corresponding cadre movements to sign Shane Greene in LA.
Baltimore took advantage of the reunion opportunity by claiming Conner Greene and opting for Triple-A. He landed 19 games (one start) for the Orioles to end the season, going 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA.
Green highlight 2021
Performing for his youth team was something Greene welcomed, and although his time with the Dodgers was short, it resulted in goalless appearances in a row.
Outlook for 2022
Greene remains under the control of the team at the Orioles and is likely to have time at both Triple-A and Major League levels next year.
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