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Envy Green

March 7, 2006

Tifton -- Nick Green is ready to get back to baseball.

The former Darton College stand-out pitcher is in camp with the Anaheim Angels getting ready for the upcoming season.

Green receiving some good news in the off-season, as the team rated his change-up the best in the organization.

Green will likely play at the Class A or AA level this season, but the pitcher is always ready to answer the call.

Nick Green spent last season pitching for Class A Cedar Rapids in Iowa, and has a pretty good impression of the state.

"It's different. Lot of cornfields. Our mascot was the Kernels, and I can see why."

Green says the life of a minor leaguer can be tough.

"You have to want it, because those long bus rides from 30 minutes, to 13 hours...everyday on the bus. You pretty much live on the bus. It's your second home."

The former 35th round draft pick is currently in camp with the Angels in Arizona, where he has a chance to rub elbows with the big leaguers.

"If I had to pick any player I look up to the most, it would be Scott Shields. Many people may not know who that is. He's with the Angels. He's a reliever, and the reason I say that is he's a 38th round draft pick. He's there, he's dominating. He's one of the guys I really look up to."

Green has his sights set high.

"If I move up level to level, I could be 2 or 3 years away from the big leagues. But anything can happen."

And the 21-year-old Green says he's always ready in case the majors come calling.

"I try to treat every game I pitch as if it was a major league game."

The Angels farm system has been rated the best in baseball the past two seasons.

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