In a move that many people have expected for some time now, the A’s have called up 2009 first round draft pick Grant Green today and designated Adam Rosales for assignment to clear a roster spot, according to MLB Trade Rumors. With Rosales still scuffling and a thin trade market for middle infielders, it was only a matter of time before Green finally got his shot at the big league level. He will start at second base tonight in Pittsburgh.
Originally drafted as a shortstop out of USC, Green was heralded for his hitting ability but criticized for his defensive misgivings. He spent his first five seasons of professional baseball shuffling around the diamond in an attempt to find a home on defense that would mitigate his ineptness with the glove. Last year the A’s tried him at short, second, third, left and center field before moving him to second on a permanent basis this season.
A career .305 hitter in the minors, one wonders if he would have gotten the call sooner if his defense wasn’t so suspect. He’s absolutely thrived this year, hitting .318 with 11 homers and 49 RBI. His .374 OBP is the highest of his career. The most encouraging part of his game is that he can hit both right-handers and left-handers. This season he’s hit .306/.362/.484 against righties and .366/.423/.563 against lefties.
Rosales was hitting .200/.273/.331 in 147 plate appearances this year. Because he is out of options, Rosales will have to clear waivers to be sent to Sacramento. Most people don’t think this is likely, but with his recent struggles I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rosales suiting up for the River Cats in the near future.
I think this is a great move because as much as I like the guy for his hustle Rosales simply isn’t the answer in the middle of the infield. He’s never been very consistent, and he didn’t help his case for staying by going 3 for his past 31 with 10 strikeouts. Green may not have the best glove but he has proven he can hit and it’s time to see what the A’s have with him.
What do you think? Was it time to call up Green?