By: James Middleton | West Chester University
Hyannis, MA — It was a rainy, gloomy, wet day at the ballpark over in Hyannis, but it didn’t rain on Rodney Green Jr’s. (California) parade. The left-handed hitter wrapped up his first stint on the Cape with a two-for-three day at the plate.
“I knew it was my last day with the team, so I wanted to do everything I could for the team,” said Green Jr. on his two-hit night.
Green Jr. comes to Cotuit after finishing his sophomore season at the University of California Berkeley. At Cal, he slashed for a line of .293/.946/.558 in his second season. He was an All-Pac 12 first-team selection and one of three Golden Bears to play and start in all 52 games.
“I’ve been here for maybe two weeks, but I feel like I’ve improved a lot. Especially seeing pitchers with better arms and guys that can fill up the zone,” said Green Jr.
While on the Cape, he has had great flashes of defense in center field and a light tower home run against Orleans. He has also played in all ten games this season, manning center field in all appearances.
The center fielder will now make the journey down to Cary, NC, to try out for the Team USA collegiate national team. The national team will play the likes of Chinese Taipei and Japan in June and July.
“Just having fun, meeting new guys. Just being me, definitely swiping some bags,” stated Green Jr. on what he is looking forward to most.
Tryouts for the national team will go on for four days at the end of June. If selected, Green Jr. will wear the USA across his chest for the majority of the summer. If not, he could end up making a return back to Lowell Avenue to make a playoff run.
“Absolutely. Yes sir, I’ll be back after team USA for sure,” said Green Jr.