The Oakland Athletics are finally doing something in an attempt to boost their lack of production at second base, and this news will excite A’s fans everywhere.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s will call up top prospect Grant Green, who is expected to start at second base for Oakland when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road on Monday.
Green is ranked as the third best prospect in the A’s farm system by MLB.com, behind Addison Russell and Michael Choice. He was the A’s top pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, selected at No. 13 overall.
Green is hitting 318 with 11 homers and 49 RBI this season with Triple-A Sacramento. During his five-year minor league career, Green has a stealthy batting average of .305.
The A’s may be making this move to see if Green can provide some consistent production at second. If not, they will probably look to the trade market for some help.
There is no doubt that they need some sort of upgrade at second, as the A’s have been rolling with the platoon of Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard. Rosales has struggled this season, batting .200 in 48 games.
Sogard’s average is at a more respectable .256, and will likely be platooned with Green at second, since Green is a right-handed hitter. As a result, Slusser hints that Rosales could be designated for assignment to make room for Green.
Normally, an A’s-Pirates game in July may not bring a whole lot of excitement, but you can bet that nearly everyone will be craning their necks to watch the major league debut of Grant Green.