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A’s try Futures Game MVP Grant Green in center field

Jul 15, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports that A’s prospect Grant Green has been shifted from shortstop to center field at Double-A Midland tonight and that it’s more than a one-day experiment.

The move makes plenty of sense.  Green, a 2009 first-round pick, has long appeared ticketed for second base, but the A’s seem to have a long-term solution there in Jemile Weeks.  Green doesn’t have the lateral range to last at shortstop for the long haul, but he has enough raw speed to perhaps stick in center field for a few years.  It’s worth trying before putting him at third base or in left field, where he’d have to be a bigger offensive threat to make it as a regular.

Green, 23, was the MVP as the U.S. team beat the World squad in Sunday’s Futures Game, but he’s had something of a disappointing season, having hit .284/.347.395 with just four homers and a 74/30 K/BB ratio in 324 at-bats in the Texas League.  Last year, he hit .318/363/.520 with 20 homers in the California League.

The move to center won’t get Green to the majors this year.  The best-case scenario has him forcing his way into Oakland’s plans with a couple of strong months in Triple-A at the beginning of next season.

  1. clydeserra - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    The A’s are trying to populate an entire team and/or organization with second base types.

  2. mgflolox - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    I honestly don’t know how good Weeks’ defense is at second, but it seems like he has the speed to cover more ground in CF than Green has. Unless Weeks is a better defender at 2B than Green, I think they should consider moving Weeks to CF.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      I’ve had similar thoughts. Weeks would seem like a far better bet in Green in center. However, I think the A’s are quite skeptical that Green could hack it at second base either.

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