16 Former Mavericks Played Affiliated Pro Baseball in 2016
Only 12 programs in the country have more current Big Leaguers than UT Arlington.
Smith returns to UT Arlington after spending the last three seasons at Ole Miss.
Choice was the 10th overall selection in 2010 after starring for three seasons at the UT Arlington.
John Lackey joins Hunter Pence as former Mavs to win the World Series in the last two years.
Michael Choice selected 10th overall in 2010 MLB Draft First Round on Monday, June 7, 2010.
UT Arlington junior center fielder Michael Choice
UT Arlington defeated Lamar 11-8 on Senior Day at Clay Gould Ballpark on Sunday, May 16.
UT Arlington lost 14-9 to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, May 8, at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.
UT Arlington defeated Dallas Baptist 10-4 on Tuesday, May 4, at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.
Major League Baseball 1st-Round (10th Overall) Draft Pick by Oakland Athletics
Agreed to terms with the Oakland Athletics for $2 million signing bonus (July 28, 2010)
Howard Green SABR Metroplex College Co-Player of the Year
3rd Team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-America
3rd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America
1st Team Baseball America All-America
1st Team Yahoo! Sports All-America
1st Team ABCA South Central All-Region
2nd Team PING! All-America
Southland Conference Player of the Year
Southland Conference Hitter of the Year
Southland Conference All-Tournament Team (OF)
1st Team All-Southland Conference
USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Watch List
USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist (Top 30)
UT Arlington Baseball 2000's All-Decade Team (OF)
Southland Conference Hitter of the Week (5/10)
1st Team Baseball America Midseason All-America
2nd Team Baseball America Preseason All-America
Baseball America No. 2 "2010 MLB Draft - State of Texas Prospect"
Baseball America No. 11 "2010 MLB Draft Top 50 List" (5/13/10)
Baseball America No. 15 "2010 MLB Draft Top 50 List" (4/22/10)
Baseball America No. 5 "2010 MLB Draft Top Outfielders"
Baseball America Projected First-Round MLB Draft Pick
Baseball America No. 20 "Top 100 College MLB Draft Prospect"
Baseball America No. 17 "Top 50 College Juniors"
Baseball America Preseason All-Conference
Baseball America Preseason Conference Player of the Year
1st Team Yahoo! Sports Preseason All-Conference
Yahoo! Sports: SLC Best Hitter (Preseason)
CollegeBaseballToday: All-Conference Candidate
CollegeBaseballToday: SLC The "You Gotta See" Player"
CollegeBaseballInsider.com: "Top 3 Power Threats in SLC"
CollegeBaseballInsider.com: "Top 3 Pure Hitters in SLC"
CollegeBaseballInsider.com: "The Hitter You Least Want to Face in the SLC"
1st Team Preseason All-Southland Conference
2nd Team PING! Preseason All-America
College Baseball Blog Projected No. 13 Player in the Country
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper 2nd Team Preseason All-America
3rd Team NCBWA Preseason All-America
2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Drafted in the first round with the 10th overall pick by the Oakland Athletics... becomes highest drafted player in UTA history and joins Louisiana-Monroe's Ben Sheets (1999) as the highest drafted Southland Conference players in the league's history.
Played in and started 166 games batting .392 (242-for-618) with 170 runs, 33 doubles, eight triples, 34 home runs, 162 RBI, 126 walks, 22 hit by pitch, 25-of-32 stolen bases, a .505 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage... tallied 75 career multi-hit games, including 17 three-hit games and eight four-hit performances... recorded 42 career multiple RBI games with 11 three-RBI games, eight four-RBI games and with four five-RBI games... home runs (34) are a UTA career record (broke Matt Mize's record of 31, 1998-99)... batting average ranks second in UTA history (Ryan Roberts, .393 - 2002-03)... RBI ranks second in UTA history (Darrell Preston, 166 - 2001-04)... total bases rank second in UTA history (Craig Martin, 417 - 1998-2001)... slugging percentage ranks third in UTA history (Matt Mize, .705 - 1998-99)... runs rank third in UTA history (Randy Thorpe, 190 - 1978-81)... base hits rank third in UTA history (Darrell Preston, 268 - 2001-04)... hit by pitch total ranks third in UTA history (Danny Slinkman, 27 - 2006-08)... walks rank sixth in UTA history (Randy Thorpe, 178 - 1978-81).
Career vs. Nationally-Ranked Opponents
In 25 career games batted .444 (40-for-90) with 22 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 23 RBI and 25 walks... hit safely in 22 games... notched 12 multi-hit games, including two three-hit games and a pair of four-hit games.
Career vs. NCAA Tournament Opponents
In 41 career games batted .397 (60-for-153) with 40 runs, nine doubles, eight home runs, 35 RBI and 30 walks... hit safely in 32 games... posted 21 multi-hit games, including three three-hit games and a pair of four-hit performances.
Career vs. Big 12 Opponents
In 18 career games batted .363 (24-for-66) with 16 runs, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 16 walks and 17 RBI in games against Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor... batted .666 (6-for-9) in three career games against Texas A&M with four runs, two doubles, a home run, six RBI, five walks and two stolen bases.
Career - Batting 3rd and Playing Center Field
Finished career starting 153 consecutive games in center field along with batting in the 3-hole in 153 consecutive games for the Mavericks... consecutive starts streak ranked in the top 10 in the country among all juniors.
Batted .384 (5-for-13) with two multi-hit games, five runs, one double, one triple, two RBI, five walks and a hit by pitch... went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Texas State (5/28) before finishing the tournament with a 2-for-4 performance against Texas State with two runs, a double, walk and RBI (5/29).
Played in and started all 60 games in center field and batted in the 3-hole... batted .383 (75-for-196) with 67 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 walks, 138 total bases, a .568 on-base percentage and a .704 slugging percentage with 12-for-16 stolen bases.
Choice in the UTA/Southland Conference Single-Season Record Book
Walks total broke a school (Dave Owen, 61 - 1978) and Southland Conference (Lamar's Kerry Christensen, 68 - 1982) all-time single-season record... on-base percentage broke a school record that was previously set in 2003 (Ryan Roberts, .514)... home run total ranks tied for second in UTA single-season history (Kyle Heine, 19 - 1998)... runs were two off school record to rank second in UTA history (Ryan Roberts - 69, 2003)... slugging percentage ranks fourth in UTA history (Ryan Roberts, .765 - 2003)... hit by pitch total ranks tied for sixth in UTA history (Danny Slinkman - 15, 2008)... RBI ranks seventh in school history (Matt Otteman, Ryan Roberts, 69 - 2009, 2003)... total bases ranks eighth in UTA history (Ryan Roberts - 176, 2003).
Choice in the NCAA Statistical Rankings
Led the nation in walks... led the nation in walks/game (1.27)... ranks second in on-base percentage... ranked 46th in runs scored... ranked 53rd in slugging percentage... ranked 80th in home runs.
Choice in the Southland Conference Statistical Rankings
Led the conference in batting... led conference in walks... led conference in on-base percentage... ranked second in runs scored... ranked second in slugging percentage... ranked third in total bases... ranked fourth in home runs... ranked fifth in RBI... ranked fifth in total plate appearances... ranked tied for seventh in hit by pitch.
Choice vs. Nationally-Ranked Opponents
In 10 games batted .433 (13-for-40) with at least one base hit in every game... tallied seven runs, four doubles, one triple, three home runs and eight RBI with 15 walks and a .622 on-base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage... went 2-for-2 with three walks and a home run against No. 40 Dallas Baptist (2/20)... finished doubleheader with Dallas Baptist going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI... went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a triple against No. 17 Oklahoma (3/2)... went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against No. 7 TCU (3/9)... received seven walks (five in consecutive plate appearances) going 3-for-7 against No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana (4/9-11)... went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a run scored against No. 2 Texas (4/20).
Choice vs. NCAA Tournament opponents
In 11 games batted .375 (12-for-32) and hit safely in 9-of-11 games... posted 11 runs, a double, triple, two home runs, eight RBI and 14 walks with a .592 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging percentage... went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk against Oral Roberts (4/6)... in a two-game midweek series went 2-for-5 with two runs, ,a home run and two RBI with five walks against Baylor... went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the series opener against Lamar (5/15).
Choice vs. Big 12 Conference Opponents
In six games batted .353 (6-for-17) with five runs, two doubles, one triple and one home run with two RBI... collected eight walks and two hit by pitch while hitting safely in five of six games.
Choice vs. Southland Conference teams (conference only games)
In 33 games batted .355 (38-for-107) with 37 runs, five doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI, 39 walks, 7-for-10 in stolen bases with a .548 on-base percentage and .626 slugging percentage... had 10 multi-hit games, eight games with multiple walks, including five games with three and had eight multiple RBI games... hit safely in 24-of-33 games.
Choice Hitting at Home/Road/Neutral
In 30 home games batted .396 (40-for-101) with 32 runs, two doubles, eight home runs, 32 RBI, 37 walks, 8-for-12 in stolen bases with a .559 on-base percentage and a .653 slugging percentage... hit safely in 23-of-30 with 11 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games and one four-hit performance... tallied multiple walks in 10 contests... In 30 road/neutral site games batted .368 (35-for-95) with 35 runs, nine doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 27 RBI, 39 walks, 4-for-4 stolen bases with a .577 on-base percentage and a .758 slugging percentage... hit safely in 23-of-30 games with 10 multi-hit games and seven multiple RBI games... tallied at least two walks in 11 games.
Choice Situational Statistics
Batted .377 (23-for-61) against left-handed pitching... batting .385 (52-for-135) against right-handed pitching... batted .394 (41-for-104) with runners on base and hit .370 (34-for-92) with the bases empty... batted .500 in only four at-bats with the bases loaded... batted .415 (27-for-65) with runners in scoring position... batted .403 (29-for-72) with two outs and tallied 24 two-out RBI... tallied 21 multi-hit games, including six three-hit and one four-hit games... led team with 17 multiple RBI games, including six with three and two games with four RBI... had seven go-ahead RBI, four game-tying RBI and recorded seven infield base hits... had four tie-breaking home runs and one game-tying home run... had a career-high 15-game hit streak (5/1/09-2/20/10) batting .500 (28-for-56) with 20 runs, five doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and 13 walks.
Choice Reaching Base Safely - Longest Streak in NCAA during 2010
Reached base safely in 72 consecutive games dating back to April 28, 2009... reached base safely in all 60 games in 2010 and during the final 12 games in 2009... dating back to freshman season reached base safely in 118-of-120 games... in 166 career games reached base safely in 157-of-166 games.
Summer 2009 (USA Baseball National Team)
Became first player in UTA history and second player ever from the Southland Conference to play for the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate)... batted .350 (21-for-60) with 13 runs, three doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, five hit-by-pitch, three stolen bases, .453 on-base percentage and .550 slugging percentage... finished the summer hitting three home runs in the World Baseball Challenge while leading Team USA to the championship... batted .368 (7-for-19) during World Baseball Challenge... three home runs at the World Baseball Challenge gave him the Home Run Hitting Award (most homers at the tournament)... named to World Baseball Challenge All-Tournament Team (one of four Team USA players to be named)... named Baseball America No. 8 USA Baseball National Team Prospect... collected six multi-hit games, including three three-hit performances.
Batted .545 (6-for-11) with two multi-hit games, four runs, one double and three walks... went 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk in tournament opener against Lamar (5/20)... batted 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a walk against Stephen F. Austin (5/21)... finished tournament going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk against Lamar (5/22).
Enters 2010 season as UTA career batting leader (.396 - 167-for-422)... tied for 10th on UTA all-time career home runs list (18)... ranks third on UTA career slugging percentage list (.604)... ranks fifth on UTA all-time single-season batting average list (.413)... ranks third on UTA single-season base hits list (93)... ranks tied for eighth on UTA single-season home runs list (11)... ranks third on UTA single-season runs scored list (64)... ranks fourth on UTA single-season total bases list (145)... ranks ninth on UTA single-season slugging percentage list (.644)... ranks third on UTA single-season on-base percentage list (.492)... first team All-Southland Conference (OF)... second team American Baseball Coaches Association South Central All-Region (OF)... two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Week (Feb. 24 & Apr. 13)... Baseball America preseason SLC All-Conference (OF)... Rivals.com preseason SLC All-Conference (OF)... first team preseason SLC All-Conference (OF)... named to Preseason Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List... only UTA player to start all 56 games at the same position (CF) and bat in the same spot in the batting order (3-hole)... finished in five Southland Conference top-10 statistical categories, including second in on-base percentage (.492), fourth in batting average (.413), fifth in runs (64), fifth in hits (93) and eighth in slugging percentage (.644)... became sixth UTA player in program history to hit for the cycle going 4-for-4 (triple in 1st, double in 5th, single in 6th, home run in 8th) with three runs and five RBI against Northwood (4/21)... batted a team-high .417 (20-for-48) in 12 games against ranked opponents with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI... batted a team-high .433 (29-for-67) in 17 games against opponents who made the NCAA Tournament... hit .459 (50-for-109) with 31 runs, eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 30 RBI during 27 games played at Clay Gould Ballpark... hit .371 (43-for-116) with five doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 22 RBI during 29 games played on the road or at a neutral site... hit .406 (52-for-128) with six doubles, one triple, six home runs and 24 RBI in 32 Southland Conference games...batted .367 (18-for-49) in 12 career games against Big 12 opponents with 11 runs, six doubles, three home runs, eight walks and 15 RBI... hit .412 (14-for-34) against left-handed pitchers and hit .414 (79-for-191) against right-handed pitchers... batted .467 (35-for-75) with runners in scoring position and batted .414 (36-for-87) with two outs... was second on the team with 25 two-out RBI, 12 multiple RBI games and with 30 multi-hit games... posted a team-high four four-hit games and finished with seven three-hit performances... ended the season on a season-high 12-game hit streak (May 1 - May 22) batting .500 (23-for-46) with 17 runs, four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI... went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI against eventual national runner-up and then-No. 4 Texas on the road with a game-tying two-run double in the eighth inning and a solo home run to give the Mavericks the lead in the top of the 10th inning (2/24)... Choice batted .529 (9-for-17) with three extra-base hits and nine RBI during the first week of the season to earn SLC Hitter of the Week... collected second SLC Hitter of the Week selection batting .526 (10-for-19) with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, eight runs scored and six RBI in four games... hit home runs in three consecutive games - four home runs total - while going 7-for-11 with 13 RBI and seven runs scored against Central Arkansas (two games) and Northwood (Apr. 18-21)... posted six consecutive multi-hit games going 13-for-25 (.520) with seven runs and two doubles (May 9-21)... member of the Capital One/Southland Conference 2009 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll... named to the UT Arlington Spring 2009 Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
Appeared in both tournament games, making two starts in center field... went 2-for-3 with two singles against Texas State (5/21)... recorded an RBI while going 1-for-4 against Southeastern Louisiana (5/22).
Led Mavericks in all three triple-crown categories batting .376 with seven home runs and 51 RBI... Southland Conference Freshman of the Year... second team All-SLC... rivals.com Freshman All-American... first team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American... second team Baseball America Freshman All-American... Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American... second team PING! Freshman All-American... became second freshman in UT Arlington history to earn Freshman All-American honors (Darrell Preston - 2001)... recorded the highest freshman batting average (.376) in UT Arlington history... played in 50 games while making all 50 starts in center field... led all SLC freshmen in batting average, while ranking third in the conference and 125th in the NCAA (.376)... led team with 110 total bases... recorded a .977 fielding percentage with just three errors in 132 chances... batted .382 against left-handed pitching and .373 against right-handed pitchers... recorded a .425 batting average with runners on-base and .444 (4-for-9) with the bases loaded... tallied a .397 average with runners in scoring position and a .410 average while batting with two outs... led team with 26 RBI in SLC competition and tied for the team lead in triples (2) and home runs (3)... batted .340 in SLC play... second on the team with 24 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games and three four-hit performances... tied for team lead with 13 multiple RBI games, including a pair of three, four and five RBI games... recorded two separate season-high nine-game hitting streaks... went 14-for-37 (.378) with eight RBI and four doubles from April 9-April 20... went 19-for-37 (.514) with eight RBI from April 26-May 10... batted .462 (12-for-26) in six games against Big 12 opponents, recording five runs, three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and four walks... made collegiate debut going 2-for-4 with an RBI against Arkansas-Little Rock (2/22)... went 4-for-4 and tied season highs with three runs, four hits, and collected first career home run against Arkansas-Little Rock (2/24)... in four-game period against Alabama (two games), Nevada and Dallas Baptist, recorded four straight multi-hit games with a .474 average (9-for-19) with five RBI... went 5-for-9 with four runs scored, six RBI, a triple and hit first career grand slam in a non-conference doubleheader against UT-Pan American (4/1)... posted three RBI and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and triple with two walks against Southeastern Louisiana (4/19)... recorded three straight multi-hit games against Northwestern State (two) and Baylor going 6-for-13 with two RBI... went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI and a run scored against Stephen F. Austin (5/10)... led team to a win over then-No. 7 Texas A&M at Clay Gould Ballpark going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and tied a season-high five RBI (5/13).
Came to UTA after earning District 4-5A Most Valuable Player honors as a senior at Timberview...hit .506 as a senior with 42 hits, 17 stolen bases and six home runs...hit .443 as a junior with 35 hits, nine stolen bases and two homers en route to earning first team All-District 15-4A honors as a junior second baseman...member of the A-B Honor Roll...was a first team All-District 15-4A pick as a sophomore catcher.
Son of Charles and Charea Choice... born Nov. 10, 1989... an interdisciplinary studies major at UT Arlington.
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