In case it hasn’t been abundantly evident over the past few days, Rhody’s baseball team can produce some serious talent. Look no further than former Ram Nick Greenwood. The URI alum was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 14th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, although he was shipped to the St. Louis Cardinals system in 2010. The lefty reliever now pitches for the AAA Memphis Redbirds.
And he’s having a hell of a season, one that has ultimately landed him on the 2014 Triple-A All-Star ballot. So far in 2014, Greenwood has appeared in 21 games, going 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA, primarily out of the Memphis bullpen. In 39 and a third innings, Greeny has allowed just 30 hits and nine walks to go along with 30 strikeouts. We’ll spare you the math problem: that works out to a 0.941 WHIP and a jaw-dropping 4.29 K/BB ratio. Needless to say, Greenwood deserves to be an All Star. In fact, with the kind of numbers he’s putting him, the URI alum might find himself up with the big club sooner rather that later.
But first things first: you can vote for Greenwood online right here – up to 25 times. The deadline for voting is June 27th, and the All-Star Game will take place in Durham, NC on July 16. For reference, Greenwood is listed under the Pacific Coast League relief pitchers. Let’s do this, Rhody fans.