Milwaukee Brewers: 5 former prospects from the 90s lost to history
No, not that Chad Green. The other Chad Green.
The Milwaukee Brewers drafted this Chad Green with the eighth overall pick in the 1996 amateur draft. He was selected before the infamous Matt White, but the next four picks after him made the Majors.
Green was rated as the 99th best prospect in baseball in 1997. This would be his only appearance on Baseball America’s Top 100.
Green posted back-to-back seasons of 50+ steals in his Sophomore and Junior years. He was expected to develop into a rangy, speedy outfielder with enough pop and ability with the bat to make an impact in the Majors. He never got his chance.
Green’s best year in the Milwaukee Brewers organization came in 1999 in Double-A. In 1999, Green posted a .246/.321/.384 slash line with 10 homers and 28 steals. He tried Triple-A in 2000, but only slashed .203/.267/.374. He was granted free agency after 2000, and bounced around the league for a few years. His final season came in 2003 at the age of 28. He called it a career before he turned 30.