‘I Can Do Everything’ | Washington Nationals 2022 First Round Pick Elijah Green Living Up To Confident Post-Draft Quotable

‘I Can Do Everything’ | Washington Nationals 2022 First Round Pick Elijah Green Living Up To Confident Post-Draft Quotable

The Washington Nationals are in a complete rebuild after winning the World Series just four seasons ago. Gone from that World Series team are stars Juan Soto, Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner, along with key MLBbros like Howie Kendrick and Michael A Taylor.

 

And while the last couple seasons, wins have been scarce, the team’s cupboard isn’t bare at all, and it begins with players CJ Abrams, Josiah Gray, James Wood and yes 2022 first-round Elijah Green who’s expected to be the best of the bunch in the not-so-distant future.

 

Green the 19-year-old five tool player, is currently playing with Class-A Fredericksburg of the Carolina League, and let’s just say he’s already showing why he was a top-five pick in last year draft.

 

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The hulking 6-foot-3, 225-pound specimen is batting .438 (7-for-17) with two doubles, one triple, two RBI and two stolen bases in two attempts In just 16 minor league games which include last season’s Florida Complex League, Green has 20 hits in 59 plate appearances good enough for a (.339) batting average, six doubles and 10 RBI.

But nothing tops Sunday’s walk-off hit by Green, which was the first of many.

Green Rebounds After 9th-Inning Error To Walk It Off In Extra Innings

 

During Fredericksburg’s ten-inning win over Lynchburg on Easter Sunday, Green showed some real stones that should bode well for he and the Nationals in the future. A fielding error by Green in the ninth inning allowed Lynchburg to tie the game and send it into extras.
That’s when Green the 2022 No.5 overall pick, and MLB Pipeline’s No.41 overall prospect went to work.
Green’s line drive hit to left field won the game for Fredericksburg and secured the talented future Nationals centerfielder’s first career walk-off hit.

Elijah Green Told Media He Was A Five-Toll Phenom 

It’s really no surprise that Green did it, but his trajectory to the pros is moving at light speed. His elevation may have shocked a few skeptics, but Green told the media following the 2022 draft that he can do it all.
“I feel like I can change the game with one swing. I can do everything. A leader on the field, can change the game, in every aspect of the game.”
Green’s patience and understanding of what’s needed in late-game situations and not swing for the fences is an example of his maturity.

Green’s Dad Was Ecstatic, But Not Shocked

Elijah comes from good stock; his dad is a former NFL tight end who spent three of his 10-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. Eric is no stranger to what his son is capable of, so for him it’s not all that surprising. He even retweeted his son’s big hit.
Green knows that growing up around his dad and other prominent athletes is a huge advantage and he doesn’t take it lightly at all.
At FredNats media day, Green expounded on that very thing.
“It just gave me the correct mindset coming into pro ball and all that. The athletes that I was around just told me what to expect, and what I needed to do to get to the next level.”
With that mindset and Green’s elite skillset, he’s got the mental and physical makeup to be a cornerstone of the Washington Nationals franchise for years to come.

 

“Elijah Green Has A Chance To Be A Five-Tool Package At The Major League Level” | Washington Nationals Enamored With Skillset And Upside Of Top Pick

“Elijah Green Has A Chance To Be A Five-Tool Package At The Major League Level” | Washington Nationals Enamored With Skillset And Upside Of Top Pick

The Washington Nationals are just three seasons removed from winning a World Series. That championship team started the season 19-31, and many believed they were surely headed for a fire sale.

But GM Mike Rizzo convinced team ownership to let the season play out, and the team got hot and took it all the way to an improbable Fall Classic win.

But since that fateful October night in Houston, there hasn’t been much to cheer about on the diamond in the nation’s capital.

The team let mainstay Anthony Rendon leave via free agency. They also traded stalwart pitcher Max Scherzer and stud shortstop Trea Turner to the rival Dodgers. The team’s brass decided on a rebuild, centered around star outfielder Juan Soto. After turning down a $450M offer from the Nats, Soto’s future in D.C. is very much up in the air.


Finding gems through the farm system has been something that Washington is pretty good at. The franchise may have drafted another cornerstone player in Elijah Green who will take over as face of the franchise when Soto is eventually traded.

The talented IMG Academy star was taken with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, and at 18 he’s already got a major league build at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. 

 

Green Has Five-Tools:  Speed, Throwing, Fielding, Hitting For Average And Hitting For Power

While at IMG, Green raised eyebrows with his rare skill set; one that allows him to look like a slugger one moment, a talented lead-off hitter the next and then a gold glove defender. The Nats saw potential greatness in the two-sport phenom, whose dad Eric, was a two-time Pro Bowler in the NFL. 

Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Operations, Kris Kline talked about the newest member of the Washington Nats family during a recent zoom interview.

 

“You’re talking about a skill set that is potentially gonna hit in the middle of the order and be impactful.”

Kline continued to heap praise on the player he said has the highest ceiling of anyone in the draft.

“There are very special players in this draft, but their skill sets aren’t the same. You had some really good-looking hitters but maybe they had some deficiencies in other aspects of their game. But Elijah has a chance to be a five -tool package at the major league level. Five tools, and when I say five-tools, I mean five above-average tools at the big league level.”

“He has a chance to be a middle-of-the-order bat, a run producer and a guy with the character and ability that got build your team around. He would be one of those type players.”

 

Green May Be The Face Of The Future If Team Can’t Keep Soto

With superstar slugger Juan Soto declining a 15-year, $440 million extension about 10 days ago, rumors are he’ll be dealt for an enormous haul of prospects and picks. The team mentioned they’d make one more offer to Soto, and then move from there. They’d love nothing more than to keep Soto around and team him with Green in the future, but if the Nationals don’t make an offer conducive to what Soto’s agent Scott Boras deems fair and acceptable, that idea becomes far-fetched.

 

 

Either way, the Nationals have drafted a piece of their future in Green, and something tells me it won’t take him long to make his arrival in the majors.