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A’s calling up former first-round pick Grant Green

Jul 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jane Lee of reports that the A’s are calling up Grant Green, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of USC and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2010 and 2011.

He didn’t crack BA‘s top 100 last year or this year, but Green has upped his stock by hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A. It’s worth noting that he’s 25 years old and this is Green’s second go-around at Triple-A in a hitter-friendly environment, so he projects as merely a solid contributor rather than a middle-of-the-order bat.

Green was drafted as a shortstop and tried center field at one point, but he’s been playing exclusively second base this season. That means the A’s chose to call him up over ex-starting second baseman Jemile Weeks, another former first-round pick who’s spent all year in the minors.

  1. hcf95688 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    A solid contributor? Works for me, because that would make him a 1000% upgrade over Adam Rosales.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      This move tells me that the G & P Beane hasn’t found the solution at middle infield in the trade market yet. I’m still doubtful that Lowrie’s glove will play at SS during the run-in. So I expect more activity for the A’s concerning middle infield as the trade deadline approaches.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I imagine Beane is looking for a SS–at least an upgrade over Rosales but preferably an everyday player so they can shift Lowrie to 2B permanently. The market is pretty thin.

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