CLEARWATER, Fla. - Larry Greene, the Phillies 2011 first-round pick, informed the team earlier this week that he would not be attending spring training and no longer planned to pursue baseball.
Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development, said Greene called him three or four days ago and told him he had "other things he wanted to do." Jordan said he did not ask the left fielder what those things were.
"I mean this is too hard of a deal to pull off. They all have to be invested in what they're doing," Jordan said. "He decided this isn't what he wanted to do."
The news was first reported by phoulballz.com.
Jordan said he would not say Greene is retired because nothing is "official in that regard." Greene struggled in his three years as a Phillies minor leaguer. He never played higher than single-A Lakewood. He hit .183 last season in 60 games with the BlueClaws. Greene was bothered by a wrist injury early in the season.
"I think like everyone you hope this is the year where some things come together, and you start seeing some success and he starts having some fun," Jordan said.
The Phillies drafted Greene with hopes that he would grow to become a power hitter in the middle of their lineup. He was drafted out of Berrien County High (Ga.) and was given a $1 million signing bonus. His power numbers failed to produce as Greene hit just eight home runs in 242 minor-league games.