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Grant Green is another former A's prospect on a rival AL West team.
Former USC Trojan Grant Green has eaten up minor league pitching like it's nobody's business.
In his first season within the A's organization, he played in just five games, hitting .316 for the Stockton Ports. He hit .318 with 20 home runs the following season, still with the Ports. From there, he hit .291 and .296 in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
If he hit so well, why didn't he get called up?
The trouble for Green seemed to always be that he was constantly blocked. The A's had no room for him, so he bounced around in Triple-A Sacramento in an attempt to find a long-term position. For example, between 2010 and 2013, he played shortstop, second base, center field, left field, third base and one game at first base.
In 2013, the A's traded Green to the Los Angeles Angels for Alberto Callaspo.
The trade, at least looking back, looks like a swap of potential (Green) for immediate contributions (Callaspo). It didn't help that second base was a weak spot a year ago and Green went hitless in 15 at-bats.
Since joining the Angels, Green has hit .310 in 174 at-bats over the last two seasons. He did spend the first month of 2014 in the minors (hit .349 in 16 games), but he's made his way back up to Los Angeles where he's hitting .388 in the month of May.
Taking a walk down memory lane, here's what one AL scout said about Green back in 2011, according to David Laurila of BaseballProspectus.com:
He’s a tall middle infielder who I see as a future above-average major-league hitter with slightly below average plate discipline and on-base skills. He has some power. He’s a 13- to 15-home run type of guy, 15 to 20 in a really good year. He needs to get stronger and improve breaking ball recognition, but he showed improvements with both last season.
Though he isn't with the A's anymore, there is still time for Grant to live up to that profile or surpass it. He's still only 26 years old.