22 Trojans are competing in the minors with hopes of one day making the big leagues.
Grant Green was selected 13th overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, becoming the eighth Trojan to be picked in the first round since 1995 and the 40th overall first-round selection...during his three-year career, Green started in 160 games for the Trojans...recorded a .359 career average (231-for-644) with 48 doubles, 20 triples (school record), 15 home runs, 102 RBI and 32 stolen bases...his 20 triples place him tied for fifth on the Pac-10 Conference's all-time list...his .359 average places him sixth on USC's all-time list...his 48 doubles place him in a tie for 10th place on USC's all-time list.
The national spotlight was on Green for his 2009 junior season as a possible top-five overall pick for the major league baseball draft...hit a team-leading .374 (79-for-211) on the season with 19 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 32 RBI...led the team with 16 stolen bases (out of 24 attempts)...also led the Trojans with a .435 on-base percentage and 26 multi-hit games (18 games with two hits, seven with three hits and one with four hits)...hit .390 (41-for-105) with 11 doubles and 13 RBI in Pac-10 Conference games...finished the season by hitting safely in eight of his final nine games, hitting .432 (16-for-37)....on May 13 against Loyola Marymount, he registered his fourth career four-hit game...his fourth homer of the season came on May 12 against Stanford closer Drew Storen...his 20th career triple came on April 28 at UC Irvine...was 5-for-12 in the Oregon State series (April 17-19), recording a double in all three games...had a season-high 11-game hitting streak snapped on April 14 against Cal State Fullerton...during his streak from March 27-April 11, Green batted .489 (23-for-47) with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 10 RBI and four stolen bases...on April 9, he recorded his 19th career triple which put him into the Pac-10 Conference's all-time top 10 list...was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI in an 8-7 win on April 5 against Cal State Northridge...went 3-for-3 with his 17th career triple on March 28 against No. 3 Arizona State...recorded back-to-back three-hit games (March 15 and 16 vs. Winthrop)...snapped a hitless streak to start the season on Feb. 22 with a solo home run against Long Beach State...earned NCBWA Preseason All-America second team honors...during the summer, he batted .348 (56-for-161) with six home runs and 21 RBI for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League..his .348 average was fourth in the league as he was among the league leaders in most offensive categories...he was second in the league for runs scored (37) and slugging percentage (.537) and third in hits (56), doubles (12) and extra-base hits (19)...his .451 on-base percentage was the fifth-highest in the league...he was 10-for-13 in stolen bases...earned the Robert A. McNeece Outstanding Pro Prospect Award as the league's top pro prospect...former award winners include Mark Teixeira, Billy Wagner, Robin Ventura and Ron Darling...was the starting shortstop for the East Division at the All-Star Game and named as CCBL All-Star Game most valuable player for the East squad after hitting a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the East would go on to win, 8-6.
Green put together a strong offensive campaign as a 2008 sophomore to earn Baseball America All-America third team honors...also earned All-Pac-10 honors...batted .390 (80-for-205) with 15 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 10 stolen bases and 46 RBI...led the Trojans in batting average, triples, slugging percentage (.644), on-base percentage (.438) and home runs...during the season, he had a stretch where he hit safely in 31 of 33 games...after committing nine errors in his first 21 games, Green finished the season with a streak of 29 games where he did not commit a single error...recorded a career-high 19-game hitting streak (longest by a Trojan during the 2008 season) which was snapped on May 3...batted .481 (38-for-79) in the streak with seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs, four stolen bases, 23 runs scored and 23 RBI...during the streak, he recorded eight straight multi-hit games (April 5-18), where he batted .686 (24-for-35) with 15 runs scored, 12 RBI, four doubles and five home runs...from April 11-18, Green hit a home run in four of five games...second on the team with 25 multi-hit games (16 games with two hits, six with three hits and three with four hits)...tied for second on the team with 12 multi-RBI games...had a 12-game hitting streak from March 8-28, where he batted .370 (20-for-54) with six doubles, seven runs and 13 RBI...finished the season at Washington State (May 23-25) with a 7-for-13 (.538) series with four runs, one home run and four RBI...had a 3-for-5 day on May 14 at UC Riverside...went 4-for-6 with a personal-best three doubles and a home run on April 15 at No. 15 Cal State Fullerton...named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week on April 15 after recording four straight multi-hit games...in the series against No. 5 Cal (April 11-13), he went 9-for-12 (.750) with one triple, two home runs, two stolen bases, seven runs scored and six RBI...collected eight hits in the series at No. 23 UCLA (April 4-6), including a 4-for-4 day on April 5...was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on March 28 at No. 1 Arizona State...against No. 9 Long Beach State on March 15, he went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI...collected his 11th career triple with a two-run three-bagger on March 8 at Winthrop...went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the 2008 opener at Florida International, but missed six games with a strained muscle in his upper back before making a start on March 2 against UCLA.
As USC's first true freshman to start at shortstop since Seth Davidson in 1998, Green flourished as he started every game for the Trojans and eventually earned Rivals.com and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America second team honors...named Pac-10 Conference Co-Freshman of the Year...batted .316 on the season (72-for-228) with 14 doubles, a school-record 10 triples, two home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases...his 10 triples broke the previous school record of eight, held by three players...finished the season with a streak of 17 games without committing an error...finished the season with a 13-game hitting streak and hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games while leading the team with 21 multi-hit games (16 games with two hits and five games with three hits)...recorded a double and triple in the same game four times during the season...went 6-for-14 (.429) at No. 15 Arizona, including a 3-for-5 day on May 14...went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI on April 20 at Washington...hit .500 in the UCLA series (6-for-12, April 13-15) and hit a double and triple in a 3-for-5 game on April 14...on March 27 at UC Riverside, he hit a double and triple in an 8-3 win...in the series at Georgia (March 2-4), he went 5-for-10 and drew four walks...had three RBI in an 8-5 win on Feb. 23 against No. 21 Tulane...hit his first collegiate home run on Feb. 18 at San Diego State, part of a 3-for-6 day with two RBI...opened the season with a triple in his first two games (Jan. 30 vs. Cal Poly and Feb. 2 against Long Beach State)...batted .291 (37-for-127) with four home runs and 12 RBI for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, who won the Cape Cod Baseball League championship...in the first game of the CCBL championship series, Green hit two home runs in a four-RBI performance including a leadoff solo home run...rated No. 18 by Baseball America on its Cape Cod Baseball League prospect list.
Junior National Team
Green was a member of the 2005 U.S. Junior National Team, batting .412 with six RBI and two stolen bases at the 2005 Pan-Am Championships.
He was a standout infielder at Canyon High in Anaheim Hills, Calif., under coach Joe Hoggatt...earned All-CIF Division I, Orange County Register and all-league first team honors as a senior after batting .453 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases...hit the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning of the 2006 North/South All-Star Game...batted .455 (40-for-88) in his junior season with three home runs, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases...named 2004 Century League Rookie of the Year as a sophomore after batting .430 (31-for-72) with eight doubles and 22 RBI.
He is majoring in public policy and development...parents are Gregg and Valerie...has one brother, Garett, and one sister, Danielle...favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption...favorite television shows are One Tree Hill and CSI...lists Pete Rose as his sports hero...enjoys listening to Led Zeppelin, Tupac and Toby Keith...birthdate is Sept. 27, 1987.