Grant Green (baseball)
|Oakland Athletics – No. 35|
September 27, 1987 |
Anaheim Hills, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Grant Green (born September 27, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman in the Oakland Athletics organization. He was drafted on June 9, 2009, in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft as the 13th overall selection as a shortstop. He played college baseball at USC.
High school career 
As a high school sophomore, Green batted .430 (31-for-72) with eight doubles and 22 RBI. In his junior season, he batted .455 (40-for-88) with three home runs, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases, a performance he duplicated as a senior when he batted .453 with four home runs, 22 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. Green earned first team honors from the California Interscholastic Federation and the Orange County Register. After his senior season, he was the 14th-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres, but he opted to attend USC instead.
Green also experienced success with the 2005 U.S. Junior National Team. He batted .412 with six RBI and two stolen bases at the 2005 Pan-Am Championships.
College career 
Green started every game for the Trojans as a true freshman in 2007. He batted .316 (72-for-228) with two home runs, 14 doubles, 24 RBI and six stolen bases. Green collected several postseason honors, including Pac-10 Conference Co-Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore in 2008, Green batted .390 (80-for-205) with nine home runs, 46 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. He was named a member of Baseball America's All-America third team and also earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honors.
Before Green's junior season, Baseball America rated him as the third best college prospect in the nation. However, Green's junior season began slowly, as he was batting only .234 after 13 games. However, he turned in an impressive performance by season's end, batting .374 (79-for-211) overall, with four home runs, 32 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 24 attempts. He led the Trojans with a .435 on-base percentage and 26 multi-hit games.
In summer 2008, Green played in the wooden-bat Cape Cod Baseball League and was honored by the league as its top pro prospect. He was among the league leaders in most offensive categories but struggled defensively, committing 17 errors in 41 games.
2009 Draft 
As the 2009 baseball draft approached, Green was very highly regarded among experts, who expected him to be drafted high in the first round. Although some scouts have projected him as a future third baseman, both Green and the A's have stated a desire for him to remain at shortstop. Green is advised by high-profile sports agent Scott Boras. He signed a contract with a signing bonus of $2.75 million on August 17, 2009 just minutes before the deadline to sign draft picks passed.
Professional career 
Green played in 5 minor league games during the 2009 season, all at Single-A Stockton. To start the 2010 season, Green is rated as Oakland's third best prospect according to Baseball America and was a non-roster invitee to big league camp in spring training as part of his contract. He spent the entire season at Stockton and was named to the Futures Games. Green played in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. The 2011 season, Green was moved to the outfield and was spent with the AA Midland RockHounds with a minor stint in the AAA playoffs.
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- Urban, Mychael (June 10, 2009). "A's Go Shortstop in Draft's First Round". MLB.com. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- "BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects Plus". Baseball America. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- Lev, Michael (June 8, 2009). "USC's Grant Green is Ready to Catch the Draft". Orange County Register. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- Oakland's Top-Rated Prospects
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)