Sources: Grant Green To Debut On Monday
Several sources and internet reports are stating as of Sunday night that Oakland A's 2009 first-round pick Grant Green is set to make his major league debut on Monday night. The A's will be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Green was a late scratch from the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats' line-up on Sunday night.
It has been an unusual road for Green through the A's system. Selected as a shortstop out of USC in 2009, Green played at that position exclusively until midway through the 2011 season. At that point, Green was moved from shortstop to centerfield by the A's. At the time, the A's were thin in the major leagues in the outfield.
Green remained in the outfield at the start of the 2012 season with the River Cats, but when the A's depth in the outfield increased dramatically, the A's decided to move Green back into the infield. He played several positions towards the end of the year, finally settling on second base as a primary position.
The A's sent Green to the Arizona Fall League after the 2012 season so he could continue his work at second. He was added to the A's 40-man roster before the start of the 2013 season, and he came into spring training with an outside chance of making the A's roster as a second baseman.
Green was sent down to Triple-A during camp and he has been the River Cats' primary second baseman this season, although he has also seen a little time at first base. Green was recently named to the PCL All-Star team and he is currently hitting .318/.374/.500 with 11 homers and 25 doubles.
Green's defense at second wasn't major-league caliber at the start of the season, but he has improved as the season has progressed. At the plate, Green has hit for more power this year than he has since his first full professional season in 2010.
There was no word as of Sunday night on the corresponding move on the A's roster.
Weekend Roster Movement
There were several roster moves up and down the Oakland A's organization over the past week.
- LHP Justin Thomas was released from his contract by the A's on July 1. Thomas had an opt-out in his contract if he wasn't on the A's roster by July 1. Taking Thomas' place in the River Cats' rotation is right-hander Arnold Leon, who was promoted from Double-A Midland.
- On Thursday, the A's sent catcher Stephen Vogt back to Sacramento. He replaced fellow catcher Luke Montz on the River Cats' roster. Montz landed on the DL with a back injury. Reliever Darren Byrd was also activated off of the disabled list. He took Dan Straily's spot on the Sacramento roster. Straily was promoted to Oakland on Thursday.
- On Thursday, there were several moves made on the Midland Rockhounds' roster. Gary Daley, Jr. and Brett Hunter were placed on the suspended list for violating team rules. Relievers Jake Brown and Pedro Vidal were promoted from High-A Stockton to take their place. Jefry Marte was also activated off of the disabled list.
- Also on Thursday, reliever Omar Duran returned to the Stockton roster after spending a few weeks with short-season Vermont. He was joined by outfielder Josh Whitaker, who was added to the Stockton roster from Arizona, where he had been rehabbing a broken wrist. Outfielder Bobby Crocker was placed on the disabled list with a bad laceration he suffered when he was spiked on Tuesday.
- On Sunday, the A's promoted right-hander Michael Ynoa from Low-A Beloit to High-A Stockton. He made his debut with the Ports on Friday. Replacing Ynoa on the Beloit pitching staff is 2012 second-round pick Nolan Sanburn. Sanburn had been rehabbing all season in Arizona after injuring his shoulder during spring training. Sanburn made two appearances with the AZL A's, allowing a run on three hits and one walk in four innings. He struck-out six.
- There were several moves impacting the Vermont Lake Monsters' roster this week. In addition to Duran being sent to Stockton, Cristhian Perez was sent to the Arizona Rookie League. The A's also released outfielders Kelvin Rojas and Austin Booker off of the Vermont roster. 2013 draft picks Ryan Huck, Bobby Wahl and Sam Bragg have been added to the Vermont roster from the Arizona Rookie League.