Phillies’ former first-round pick decides to retire at age 22

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Phillies minor leaguer Larry Greene, a 22-year-old outfielder who was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has apparently decided to retire after just three seasons as a pro.

Greene did not report to spring training, but for now at least the Phillies are holding out some hope that he’ll continue playing.

Minor-league development director Joe Jordan told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News:

He decided this isn’t what he wanted to do. …  I wouldn’t go on record with the retirement thing. Listen, I think a lot of Larry. He’s been with us. I’ve gotten to know him. If there’s anything I can do, I will. This is hard if you’re not 100-percent in. We’ll try to help him if he can and see if he still wants to play. But right now I don’t plan on him being here.

Jordan received a $1 million signing bonus in 2011, but has hit just .224 with eight homers and a .638 OPS in 242 career games and batted .183 last year at Single-A.