• Full name Michael Blair Choice
  • Born 11/10/1989 in Fort Worth, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Texas-Arlington
  • Debut 09/02/2013
  • Drafted in the 1st round (10th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2010 (signed for $2,000,000).
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    Choice is a lock to eclipse Hunter Pence (second round, 2004) as the highest-drafted player in Texas-Arlington history, and he could be the first college position player drafted this year. He has the best power among four-year college players in this draft class. He starred for Team USA's college squad last summer, leading all players with three homers at the World Baseball Challenge, and was chasing the Southland Conference triple crown this spring. Texas-Arlington's career leader in homers (34), Choice has a strong 6-foot, 215-pound frame. He lets balls travel deep before unleashing his lightning bat speed and crushing them to all fields, though he can get pull-conscious and lengthen his righthanded swing at times. He racks up strikeouts but also draws walks, leading NCAA Division I with 76 entering regional play. That total was inflated by 21 intentional and several semi-intentional walks, but he's willing to take a base when pitchers won't challenge him. Choice has 6.6-second speed in the 60-yard dash, so some scouts believe he may be able to stay in center field. Others think he lacks the jumps and instincts for center and fits better on a corner. He may have enough arm strength for right field, and he definitely has the power profile to fit in left. One of the youngest college juniors in the draft, he won't turn 21 until November.

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  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Oakland Athletics in 2013
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Oakland Athletics in 2012
  • Rated Best Power Prospect in the California League in 2011

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