The A’s Have Prospects, Too

“Another first-round selection by the A’s, this time in 2009, Grant Green profiles as a solid middle infielder with the potential for an above-average hit tool. He stuck at shortstop at University of Southern California, but was thrust into a variety of positions in his first Triple-A season last year, sampling starts in center field, left field, and every corner and turn of the infield.

In 2012, the 25-year-old hit .296/.338/.458 in 562 plate appearances, flashing some power with 15 home runs and stealing 13 of 22 bases. Now, in his sophomore season, Green has shown signs of moderate improvement, from defensive flexibility to a spiked walk rate (7.8 percent from his 5.9 percent in 2012). He’s striking out a bit more often — 15.6 percent of his plate appearances end in whiffs, from 13.3 percent last year — but has tallied only a third of those plate appearances so far. After Sunday’s 9-2 drubbing in Tacoma, he holds a slash line of .292/.358/.440 with five home runs and four stolen bases.

While Green appears well-rounded on all levels, curiosity may dictate the timing of his call-up to the majors, rather than necessity. Right now, the A’s infield is bloated with a surfeit of options, from Jed Lowrie to Hiroyuki Nakajima. He is one of eight Triple-A position players on the 40-man roster, however, which might benefit the young farmhand if he can find a way to wedge himself into the infield platoon situation.”

Full post at Prospect InsiderĀ here.

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