A 35th round draft pick in 2004, Nick Green made 18 relief appearances and one spot start in early June to begin his season. He ended up posting an 0-1 record with one save and a 4.20 ERA in 49.1 innings of long relief.
Given his ability to go three, four and sometimes five innings in relief, the Georgia native was pushed into the starting rotation in late July.
His first start produced a two-hitter over five innings and he continued to pitch well in August, going 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 5 starts for the Kernels during the month. He struck out 33 batters in 35 innings while walking just 3 while helping the Kernels make a late surge for the Midwest League playoffs.
The highlight came on August 16. Only a solo homer in the ninth inning broke up his shot at a shutout but he still walked away with the complete game.
His final tally as a starter produced a 3-2 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts. He held the opposition to a .228 average against, as opposed to the .270 mark he had as a reliever.
What is a walk?
Green posted an impressive walk to strikeouts ratio on the season. In 100.2 frames, the right-hander issued a free pass to 14 hitters and struck out 74. That equates to a walk for every 5.3 batters struck out.
With the bases empty, Green walked one batter for every 35.7 plate appearances. During a three-game stretch in August, which spanned 22 innings, he did not issue a walk to a single batter.
Sweet home Cedar Rapids
Green's ERA was a full run better at home than it was on the road in 2005. He sported a 4.12 mark on the road but a 3.16 ERA at home.
In 57 innings at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the 20-year old allowed 48 hits and nine walks for a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.00. That bested his 1.19 WHIP on the road. Subsequently, his average against of .229 on the homestead was far better than his .273 mark after a bus ride.