Taylor Green was a former prospect in the Brewers system. He had a particularly good season in 2011 with Triple-A Nashville, finishing the year with a .336/.413/.583 triple-slash line along with 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 487 plate appearances. But he struggled in a handful of games at the big league level that year and in 2012 and could never get it going again, particularly after undergoing hip surgery.
At the age of 29, Green has decided to retire from baseball. He has joined the Brewers in a scouting role, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Players retiring from professional baseball in their 20’s — particularly those who have made it to the major league level — is rare, but I wonder if we might see more of this in the future. It’s a very unrewarding grind to play minor league baseball. Players, particularly those who were drafted out of college, have skillsets beyond their ability to play the game, and they can certainly contribute to teams in other ways.