MILWAUKEE Taylor Green knows he doesn't have the natural tools that some star baseball players have. Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 25th round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Green didn't start in pro baseball as a highly touted prospect, either.
But since he started in the Brewers organization in 2006, they've seen something else in Green that higher draft picks or five-tool players don't always show in the early years of their baseball career.
"There's a lot of good Triple-A hitters that, when they come up here, the thinking part, they can't figure it out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said on Tuesday. "Whenever we look at somebody, I always ask, What's upstairs? Does he have good instincts? Can he figure things out when things are going wrong?' Because things are going to go wrong here, and if you can't figure things out you better be loaded with talent. Some guys are loaded with enough talent that they can do well here, but most guys aren't."
It's instincts like Roenicke is...