Oakland A's MLN: Positional Mambo

Players weren't just moving from affiliate to affiliate on Friday night. Some of the Oakland A's top prospects also found themselves changing positions defensively. We have the news on who moved where, as well as other news and notes, inside.

Green Center Of Attention

For the past two seasons, the biggest question surrounding Oakland A's 2009 first-round pick Grant Green has been whether he would be able to stay at shortstop. The answer may have come on Friday, as Green made his professional debut in the outfield, starting in centerfield for the Double-A Midland Rockhounds.

Interestingly, when Green was drafted, A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota compared Green to Hall of Famer Robin Yount. Yount began his career at short, but was moved to centerfield after a shoulder problem made it difficult for Yount to make the throws from short. It appears that Green could be traveling along a similar path.

Whatever comfort level or lack thereof Green felt defensively on Friday, he didn't let it impact him at the plate. He broke an 0-for-8 skid with a 3-5 night that included his 23rd double of the season. Midland collected 16 hits versus San Antonio on Friday, including 12 in five innings off of top prospect Casey Kelly, but went 4-15 with runners in scoring position and lost, 9-4.

Carter At Hot Corner In Sacramento

Chris Carter returned to the minor leagues and to his roots on Friday night. The right-handed slugger was sent down to Triple-A by Oakland on Friday and infielder Eric Sogard was recalled.

Carter was in the starting line-up for Sacramento on Friday and got the start at third base. Carter was a third baseman in high school and played 41 games at third for the High-A Stockton Ports in 2008. In 2009, he only appeared in one game at third and he didn't see any time at the hot corner in 2010.

Sacramento manager Darren Bush will have to get creative with how he distributes playing time at first base with both Carter and Daric Barton on the roster. Playing Carter at third will allow Bush to have both Barton and Carter in the line-up while also DHing one of the River Cats' outfielders.

Carter went 0-4 in his return to Sacramento and the River Cats fell to Fresno, 4-3, in 10 innings.

Coleman Promoted

With Eric Sogard's promotion to the major leagues, shortstop Dusty Coleman was sent from High-A Stockton to Sacramento, where he got the start at shortstop in place of Sogard.

Coleman missed all of last season with a wrist injury. He was inconsistent at the plate with the Ports this season. In 83 games, he batted only .236 and he struck-out 126 times, but he did hit 13 homers and he stole 14 bases. Coleman impressed with the glove at shortstop, likely the major factor in his promotion. He went 1-4 in his first game with Sacramento.

Shortstop Josh Horton began the year with Sacramento but was sent down to Double-A Midland in early June. He landed on the DL shortly after that demotion with a strained hamstring.

Other Notes

- A's 2011 32nd-round pick Drew Granier threw five hitless innings in his start for the AZL A's on Friday. He struck-out seven and walked two and earned the win. In 18 innings this season, he has a 2.00 ERA and has struck-out 27 while walking six.

- AZL OF Kelvin Rojas continues to terrorize Arizona Rookie League pitching. Rojas went 4-4 with three doubles on Friday night and is now batting .480 in 14 games.

- Vermont Lake Monsters' OF Aaron Shipman is now 7-for-his-last-11 after he went 3-5 on Friday night. Shipman is batting .303 over his last 10 games and has his average up to .247 after a very slow start. His OBP is .408 and he has walked 21 times in 23 games and has eight stolen bases.

- Stockton Ports' OF Michael Choice extended his consecutive-games-on-base streak to 36 on Friday night.

- Left-hander Fabian Williamson was sent from Midland to Stockton on Friday. Williamson began the season in the Stockton rotation. He had a 6.35 ERA with a 17:16 K:BB ratio in 22.2 innings for Midland.

- Catcher Andy Paz-Garriga made his professional debut on Friday, going 1-2 with a walk for the DSL A's. Paz-Garriga was the A's first amateur signing out of Europe. He is originally from Cuba, but his family immigrated to France and he went to high school in France.


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