Trojan Alum Grant Green Gets Called Up to the Oakland A's
July 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES -A second baseman in the Oakland A's organization, Trojan alum Grant Green got his first career call up to the Majors on Monday, and is set to join the Oakland A's from the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He becomes the 102nd Trojan all-time to make it to the big leagues.
The 25-year-old Green (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon HS), just four years after being drafted by the A's as the organization's first pick, joins the big league club in Pittsburgh for the start of a three-game interleague set with the Pirates. Game one is set for 4:05 p.m. PT start, where Green is expected to get the start at second base.
Green has batted .318 through 81 games for the River Cats so far this season, tallying 49 RBIs, 25 doubles, three triples and an impressive 11 home runs. He was recently named to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Star team.
Green was on fire in June, batting .372 with 21 RBIs and seven of his 11 home runs. So far in just six games in July he has batted .269, going 7-for-26.
After the 2012 season, Green was added to the A's 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, where players who were signed when they were 19 or older, are not on the 40-man roster for a team and have played professional baseball for four years are eligible to be picked up.
After his junior season at USC in 2009, Green was selected by the A's in the first round as the 13th overall pick in the First Year Player Draft. He was ranked as the
No. 4 prospect in the A's organization entering the 2013 season. In the fall of 2012 he competed for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League, batting .273 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games. In 2011 Green was named MVP of the 2011 All-Star Futures game after he went 2-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for the U.S. squad.
A shortstop for Troy, Green was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. During his three-year career, he started in 160 games, recording a .359 career batting average with 48 doubles, a school-record 20 triples, 15 home runs, 102 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. His .359 average places him sixth all-time at USC.