Although we may not be able to tell by the weather, it’s June, and with June comes the 2011 June MLB Amateur draft. Unlike other major sports, baseball prospects spend their early years playing in the farm system of whichever team drafts them. Michael Choice and Grant Green have been the last two first-round selections by the Oakland A’s. While they currently play on different teams, the plan is for them to one day find themselves in Oakland.
Michael Choice, Stockton Ports
Last year, the A’s took Choice, a center fielder out of University of Texas-Arlington with their No. 10 overall pick.
In college, Choice was a monster, batting .392 in 166 games played. Choice showed that he could do it all, with 170 runs, 33 doubles, eight triples, 34 home runs, 162 RBIs and 126 walks. He also stole 25-of-32 bases. Choice finished his college career with a .505 on-base-percentage and a staggering slugging percentage of .636.
Choice has seen some growing pains this year, but what 21-year-old doesn’t. Through June 6, Choice was hitting .246 with 34 RBIs and 11 home runs for the Stockton Ports (Single-A). Choice has shown Stockton the potential he possesses in stretches this season, but he has struck out 75 times in 211 at bats. As time passes, Choice hopes to work his way up to Sacramento in a similar fashion to Cliff Pennington, Landon Powell and other picks.
Grant Green, Midland RockHounds
Grant Green, a shortstop, was the 2009 first-round selection by Oakland with their No. 13 overall pick. Green could be the eventual heir to current A’s shortstop Cliff Pennington.
Green had an excellent first season in Stockton, where he hit .318 with 20 home runs and 87 RBIs. He has shown much of the same thing this year hitting .291, scoring 26 runs while bringing in 26 for Double-A Midland.
If he can continue to play at that high level, he could find his way to Sacramento soon.