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September 3, 2013

The Call-Up

Michael Choice

by Jason Cole and Bret Sayre


The Situation: After posting a strong .302/.390/.445 slash line in 132 games at Triple-A Sacramento, Choice has received his first call to Oakland. It’s a true September call-up, as Choice isn’t being brought up with the expectation that he’ll receive regular at-bats in the club’s chase for a postseason berth. As reported by A’s beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Choice’s call “is a reward for a solid season by a high-profile prospect.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean Choice can’t make an impact or work his way into some playing time. Oakland’s outfield situation is tenuous at present, with Chris Young and Seth Smith underperforming while Josh Reddick is on the shelf for at least another week. As a result, regular first baseman Brandon Moss has taken over in right field––filling in for Reddick––with Daric Barton and Nate Freiman working the first-base platoon. While the unstable situation could yield a slight window of opportunity for Choice, it’s more likely that his first serious look comes next spring.

Background: The 10th-overall pick in 2010, Choice is a Dallas-Fort Worth native who played his collegiate ball at UT-Arlington. A catcher and pitcher through his high school career, Choice wasn’t heavily recruited by Division I programs but went on to hit .392 with a school-record 34 home runs in three seasons for the Mavericks, turning himself into a first-round pick.

Choice’s successful run through the minors included a .285 performance with 30 home runs at High-A Stockton in 2011, and he posted a .287/.356/.423 slash line in 91 games at Double-A Midland last year before a broken hand ended his season in July. The 23-year-old outfielder had little trouble rebounding in Triple-A this year, however, and he improved as

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