What to expect from Grant Green 

July, 9, 2013

Entering Sunday, the Oakland Athletics hadn’t received any home runs from their second base position, fueling speculation that a trade for someone like Philadelphia Phillies option Chase Utley was a possibility. While Eric Sogard finally hit one out while playing second base on Sunday, it didn’t stop the organization from promoting 2009 first-round pick Grant Green for Monday’s game. His debut in Pittsburgh was quiet, as the 25-year-old struck out twice in three hitless at-bats, but fantasy owners desperate for middle infield pop need to watch his progress, for there is upside.

Grant Green
Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesGrant Green has a .305/.353/.468 slash line in his minor league career.

Green was hitting .318 with power at Triple-A Sacramento, including seven home runs and a 1.055 OPS in June, and while Pacific Coast League numbers often bear little resemblance to those in the majors, at least Green had made progress with his walk rate. He’s going to swing and miss, but it’s nice that Green, a right-handed hitter, was doing a fine job against right-handed pitching, with a .306/.362/.484 slash line. His OPS against lefty pitchers was .986, so there’s really no issue there. It’s possible the lefty-hitting Sogard could spell Green against the tougher right-handers, but Green should get the next few weeks to prove himself before the trade deadline, at the least.