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Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene has been 'ridiculous' since the beginning

Detroit Tigers prospects Riley Greene and Parker Meadows take batting practice before the exhibition game in Bradenton, Florida, on Feb. 23, 2020. Detroit Free Press

BRADENTON, Fla. — Fifteen years ago, Freddie Engel volunteered to help coach a T-ball team, although anybody who has coached that level knows it’s more like herding cats than coaching.

The team was made up of a bunch of 4-year-olds. One of them was Riley Greene, who would become the Tigers' first selection of the 2019 MLB draft.

“Riley has been special since he was 4,” Engel said. “On a baseball field, he was ridiculous.