Detroit Tigers rookie outfielder Riley Greene didn’t waste any time getting his first major-league hit.
The 2019 Hagerty High grad and No. 5 overall draft pick made his debut Saturday in a 14-7 victory over Texas and during the Tigers’ three-run first inning singled on the second pitch he saw from Texas Rangers starter Taylor Hearn.
The soft liner dropped in left-center field. The ball was retrieved and kept for Greene as a memento.
Greene, 21, has long been considered one of baseball’s top prospects. He’s ranked No. 2 overall by MLB Pipeline.
Greene was all but certain to be the Tigers’ Opening Day center fielder after a stellar spring but broke his foot just days before the team was slated to head north.
He was selected from Triple-A Toledo before Saturday’s game to replace outfielder Austin Meadows, who tested positive for COVID.
Greene went 2-for-3 on Saturday and also walked twice in addition to scoring two runs.
Eric Haase had three hits, including one of three Detroit homers, as the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Tigers had scored only two runs in their last four games but set a season-high for runs Saturday. Javy Baez and Robbie Grossman also homered.
Rony Garcia (1-2) picked up the win, allowing four runs on four hits in six innings.
Hearn (4-5) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3⅔ innings.
Source: Berkshire mont