Infielder Miles Head has dreamed of playing in the major leagues ever since he was a young kid growing up in Griffin, Ga. Head took another big step toward achieving that goal last Thursday when he received news of a promotion from High-A Stockton to Double-A Midland by the Oakland A's.
"I was very excited when I got the news," Head said. "This is right there at the cusp of the big leagues. It's a pretty big jump for me. Making it to the majors was always a dream growing up."
"I set a goal before the season began to at least end the year in Double-A. Now halfway through the season I've made it up. It should be a good opportunity for me."
Head spent the first half of the year in High-A Stockton where he hit an impressive .382 in 67 games. His average led the California League but batting average was not the only offensive statistic where Head landed at the top. He was the leader in on-base percentage (.433), slugging percentage (.715), OPS (1149) and sat at tied for third in doubles (23) and triples (six) and tied for first in home runs (18). The 21-year-old was also ahead of the pack in hits (102), total bases by a huge margin of 41 (191) and led the Cal League with 47 extra-base hits.
Head found out several weeks ago he was rewarded as a Topps Player of the Month for the month of May during his stint with the Ports.
"That is a pretty big honor," he said. "Topps is a big company so I'm excited to receive that."
Head credits his success to maintaining the same approach at the plate for the last two years.
"I try to stay in the middle of the field and hit line drives," Head said.
"That is what I've been successful with this whole year and that's what I found I was successful with last year. As long as I stay with that I'll do pretty well."
Head was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga. He hit .528 with 14 homers, 48 RBIs and a 1.260 slugging percentage as a high school senior. Head had signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia out of high school but instead decided to go straight to the minors.
"Growing up as a kid, my goal was to become a professional baseball player," Head said. "If it took going to college to reach my goal then so be it but the opportunity was there out of high school. The pieces fell into place and I was happy to get the opportunity. I have no regrets about that decision."
Head has enjoyed his first year with the Oakland organization and said it is not much different than being with the Red Sox.
"I love all the guys I've played with so far in Stockton and here," he said. "I get along with them all and the staff has been great everywhere I've been. I haven't really noticed a difference between here and Boston. You still have to go out there and give 110% every day. If you do that you're going to be fine no matter where you're at."
Despite just being called-up, Head has noticed some differences in Double-A and the lower classes.
"The pitchers here are a little more consistent," Head said. "Stuff-wise there is a better consistency with off-speed pitches."
Exclusively a first baseman while in the Red Sox chain, Head has played primarily third base this season. Head is slowly getting comfortable at the position, where he has committed 10 errors in 54 games.
"It's a big transition but I'm working hard to get more sound defensively," Head said.