Elijah Green

19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Green, the son of a former NFL tight end, would be an impressive physical specimen were he following in his father's footsteps on the gridiron, so he is a true rarity in terms of MLB prospects. A 6-foot-3, 225-pound outfielder with 70-grade power and 70-grade speed, Green's raw tools don't come around every decade, let alone every draft. Even so, he fell to the Nationals with the fifth overall pick. He projects as a great defender in center field or right field, thanks to plus-plus speed and a plus arm. If everyone thought he'd be able to hit for a high average against big-league pitching, Green would have been the clear first-overall pick. He played in 12 complex-league games after signing and had two homers, four doubles, one steal and a 21:6 K:BB. He impressed, but also failed to quiet the hit-tool concerns in a brief pro debut. There are plenty of evaluators who do think he'll develop an average hit tool, but given his size at such a young age, it's hard to know for sure how that aspect of his game will progress. Breaking balls down and away will likely always be a weakness, and recently he has struggled against premium velocity. His upside is a plus-running Giancarlo Stanton. He should spend most of 2023 at Single-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6.5 million contract with the Nationals in July of 2022.
Flashes promise in pro debut
OFWashington Nationals  R
September 19, 2022
Green got into 12 games for the Nationals' rookie-level Florida Coast League affiliate this season, slashing .302/.404/.535 with two homers and a 6:21 BB:K.
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The fifth overall pick in this year's draft, Green got to make his pro debut at the close of the FCL season and hit the ball hard but also put up a a 40.3 percent strikeout rate. Already big and strong at the age of 18, Green is built like an NFL linebacker -- or Mike Trout. He's not expected to develop anything resembling Trout's hit tool, but Green has plenty of power and speed for fantasy managers (and Nationals fans) to dream on.
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Drafted fifth overall by Nats
OFWashington Nationals  R
July 17, 2022
The Nationals have selected Green with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 first-year player draft.
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