A’s select UT-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice

Quick draft update: The A’s selected University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice w/the 10th pick overall in the first round. Not a surprise selection by any means, though there was thought that Choice might be taken before the A’s turn to pick. Choice, a 6-foot, 215-pounder who hits and throws right-handed, was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best college power hitting prospect behind catcher Bryce Harper, who went No. 1 overall to Washington.

Choice hit .383 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs as a junior this season, getting named the Southland Conference’s Player of the Year. He walked a whopping 76 times, meaning opposing pitchers obviously pitched around him a ton.

We’re about to talk to A’s scouting director Eric Kubota. Hopefully I’ll have a better scouting report for you in a bit …

Joe Stiglich