Stratford High School product Justin Greene MVP of Southern League All-Star game
Former Stratford High School standout Justin Greene was named Most Valuable Player of the Southern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Jacksonville, Fla.
Greene, an outfielder for the Class AA Mobile BayBears, was 1 for 3 with a triple and scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base for the South Division team, which beat the North Division by 6-0.
A crowd of 9,373 saw Greene’s performance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
“It was an honor just to be named among the league’s best and play in this game,” said Greene, who leads the Southern League in hitting with a .318 average. “But then to come out here and have a good game is really a blessing.”
Three Mobile pitchers -- David Holmberg, Bradin Hagens and Andrew Chafin -- each faced the minimum batters in their stints.
“No offense to the other pitchers in this league, but this (Mobile) pitching staff is the best that I’ve played defense behind,” Greene told reporters after the game. “They throw strikes and have such a good tempo, it’s easy to play defense with them throwing. All the congrats to them.”
Greene, who played college ball at Francis Marion, was drafted in the 20th round by the White Sox in 2008 and now plays in the Diamondbacks’ organization.