Grant Green (baseball)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 10
September 27, 1987 |
Anaheim Hills, California
|July 8, 2013 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||28|
Grant Green (born September 27, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics 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.
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.
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.
Green played in 5 minor league games during the 2009 season, all at Single-A Stockton. Starting the 2010 season, he was rated as Oakland's third best prospect according to Baseball America and was a non-roster invitee to the A's spring training camp as part of his contract. He spent the entire season at Stockton and was selected for the Futures Games. He played in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. For the 2011 season, Green was moved to the outfield and played for the AA Midland RockHounds with a minor stint in the AAA playoffs. He made his MLB debut on Monday, July 8th, 2013, starting at second base. Green was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 30, 2013, in exchange for Alberto Callaspo. In his first five games with the Athletics he went 0-15 but in his first at bat with the Angels hit it a ground ball up the middle. Pujols faked Green out and pretended to throw his ball in the stands.
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- "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 Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)