Greene Making The Adjustment

He has allowed 2 ER's or less in 8 of last 9 games

TRENTON, NJ - With the season winding down, Trenton Thunder pitcher Shane Greene continues to show major improvement, holding a 6-3 record with an ERA of 3.45 and 50 strikeouts. Despite starting out the season down in Tampa, Greene found himself in Trenton for the first time and has made every appearance count.

"It's easy to look at the results of his outings and say he's been pretty good, but more than that I think Shane has learned how to pitch here," Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin said.

"He's got good stuff, and I think what he shows me every time he's out there is that he can make adjustments to each batter as the game goes on. He can see a hitter one time, and know what adjustments he has to make to get the out."

Thunder pitching coach Tommy Phelps has been working with Greene on maintaining a consistent delivery point, as well as the pitching combinations he uses.

"He throws a lot of strikes and attacks the zone," Phelps said. "He's got a good sinker and slider, and his changeup is good too, so he's got three quality secondary pitches.

"For Shane, just being able to repeat his delivery and repeat his release point were some of the things he continues to focus on. He's learning how to recognize hitters‘ weaknesses and attacking them, but other than that it‘s just making sure he stays aggressive on the mound.

"He works fast, has a quick tempo, and doesn't let negative events affect his mood during the game. He resets, gets back on the mound, and gets ready for the next pitch."

With a fastball velocity now nearing 92-94 mph, the combination of his slider and changeup is something Greene has continued to work on, and Phelps has not let this improvement go unnoticed.

"Shane has definitely been using that combination of pitches more in games," Phelps said. "He's been able to use it on both sides of the plate and uses it in certain counts and is able to control swings and get outs."

Although he has only been in Double-A since mid-June, Greene made it clear that he is enjoying every moment he has with the team.

"So far it's been a lot of fun here in Trenton," Greene said. "I've been playing with a bunch of these guys for a while now, and being able to reunite with them is something I've been striving for since the beginning of the season, along with the promotion."

Even with the way Greene has pitched his past few times out for the Thunder, he knows to make sure he doesn't get too ahead of himself down the stretch.

"My confidence is definitely at a high at this moment in the season," Greene said. "I just try go game-to-game and go out there and hopefully come away with the 'W'."

Like all pitchers who get promoted a level in the minor leagues, Greene has noticed some differences and has had to make some adjustments.

"The biggest difference is guys are more disciplined at the plate and they don't chase as many pitches," Greene said. "I'ver learned to attack the zone more when I'm ahead in the count, but other than that I've really stuck with the same game plan that has worked for me in the past."

Regardless of how this season ends, Greene has certainly made a positive impact during his time in Trenton, and looks to be on his way up in the ranks of the organization.

"I think everybody here on this team is on the list of being a top prospect for this organization," Franklin said. "At the end of the season, it's just a matter of what the stats say about you, and whether or not progress was made to your game since the beginning of the year.

"Shane has made a great contribution to this pitching staff during his time here, and I'm sure at the end of the season he will still be on that list as a top prospect for this organization."

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