Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
Some exciting news to share from this past weekend.
Former Trojan shortstop Grant Green was selected to represent Team USA for the second straight year at Major League Baseball's 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, held at Chase Field on July 10 in Phoenix, AZ.
Green is currently playing for the Oakland Athletics' Double-A affiliate (Midland Rockhounds) in the Texas League. Currently, the native of Fullerton, CA is batting .281 with four home runs, 17 doubles and 36 RBIs.
The 13th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft has quickly moved up through the A's organization in just two years. Last year, in his first full minor league season, Green showcased his tremendous offensive prowess with a .318 batting average, 20 HRs and 87 RBIs for Single-A Stockton.
In Green's first All-Star Game appearance, USC's all-time leader in triples (20) went 1-2 with an RBI single.
Of Green's 2010 U.S. teammates, nine position players were called up to the big leagues within the last year- Dominic Brown (Phillies), Hank Conger (Angels), Danny Espinosa (Nationals), Dee Gordon (Dodgers), Desmond Jennings (Rays), Eric Hosmer (Royals), Logan Morrison (Marlins), Mike Moustoukas (Royals) and Ben Revere (Twins).
Definitely a sign of big things to come for Green.
The XM All-Star Futures Game will be shown on July 10th at 3:30 PM Los Angeles time on ESPN2 and MLB.TV.
Green (right) chatting it up with Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson at last year's Futures game.
(Photo via ESPN LA)