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Oakland A's Call Up Grant Green, Former USC Shortstop

Former USC Trojan Grant Green is about to find greener pastures in the form of the greenest jersey in baseball, that of the Oakland A’s. The 25-year-old infielder was called up to the majors on Sunday night from the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. It will be Green’s first trip to The Show.

Green was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round of MLB’s 2006 June Amateur Draft, before opting to play his college ball at Dedeaux Field. The Anaheim-native played in 160 games over three seasons for the Trojans, highlighted by a sophomore season in 2008 in which Green hit .390/.438./.644 with nine homers and 46 driven in, earning him third-team All-America honors from Baseball America.

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In the 2009 draft, Green was snagged by the A’s with the 13th overall pick and has been one of Oakland’s top prospects ever since. Green has hit for a .305 average in 469 career minor league games since 2009 and has come into own this season at the AAA level.

Through 81 games in Sacramento, Green is was tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and has put together his most well-rounded season to date, sporting a career-high .374 on-base percentage.

Green joins an Oakland club that is tops in the American League West with a 52-37 record, sitting just a half game ahead of the Texas Rangers. The A’s will open an Interleague series with the Pirates tonight in Pittsburgh, though it’s unclear as to whether or not Green will get his first career start.

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