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Michael Choice brings his raw talent to the Texas Rangers after they acquired him via trade with the Oakland Athletics.
2013 Stats: .278/.316/.649, 1 2B, 1 BB, 6 SO
Michael Choice was the 10th overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2010 draft. The Rangers acquired him when they sent outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom to the Athletics in exchange for Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick.
A Texas native, Choice will now have the chance to contribute for the Rangers and prove that he is worth the high pick that was made on him four seasons ago.
He made his major league debut this past season with the Athletics and saw action in nine games. He hit for a respectable .278 average, but it's the numbers he posted in the minors that could reveal his true potential.
During his four seasons in the minors, choice hit .290 with a .376 on-base percentage, showing great patience at the plate with a lot of walks and few strikeouts.
Last year with the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate, Choice hit .302 with 14 homers and 89 RBI in 132 games. His 89 RBI are the most he's ever had in a minor league season, and his 14 home runs are his second highest total, behind the 30 he belted in 2011 while in Single-A.
With the signing of Shin-Soo Choo, Choice will likely be relegated to a utility role for the time being, but he could find himself in a more frequent role should he flourish early.