From not drafted to the number 10 overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Such was the journey for outfielder Michael Choice, who used three years at the University of Texas, Arlington to develop into a player worthy of the Oakland A's highest draft choice since 1999.
Choice, undrafted out of high school, hit .383 with 16 homers, 59 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 60 games for UT-A this season, all while being pitched around since he was the best player in his conference. Choice had the longest game on-base streak of any player in NCAA baseball this season. For his career, he hit .392 with 34 homeruns in 166 games for the Mavericks.
He was a member of the Team USA National squad this past summer and he hit .350 with three homers in 60 at-bats.
Choice has a powerful build, standing at 6'1'', 215. He has played all three outfield positions, but was announced by the A's as a centerfielder. In an interview with OaklandClubhouse.com's John Anderson, Choice indicated that he believes he can stick in center and he named Torii Hunter one of the players he admires. Click here to read more from Choice.
The A's have only one pick in the first round, so they won't pick again until Day Two of the draft, which begins on Tuesday at 9am PST.
We will have more on Choice and the rest of the A's draft over the next several days.