May 14, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - Michael Choice has once again moved up on the Baseball America 2010 Major League Baseball Draft Top 50 list to the No. 11 spot.
Choice, who entered the season at No. 30 on the publications Projected First-Round list, was tabbed the No. 15 draft-eligible player on April 22 and is now No. 11.
He is the fifth highest ranked NCAA Division I player and is the second highest ranked outfielder on the list. Choice is the highest projected Texas collegiate player to go in the draft and is the second highest ranked player out of all prospects from the Lone Star state. Choice is the top collegiate outfielder on the Baseball America list.
Choice is having a season for the ages with a .405 batting average, 16 home runs and 55 RBI. He currently leads the Southland Conference in six statistical categories, including batting average, home runs, total bases (126), slugging percentage (.773), walks (66) and on-base percentage (.581). He is second in the league in RBI and runs scored (57).
Choice leads the nation with 66 walks and 17 intentional walks. His .581 on-base percentage in second in the country.
He entered the season as a preseason All-American by four national publications and is a nominee for the prestigious USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Baseball America MLB Draft Rankings
1. Bryce Harper (Fr., C) CC of Southern Nevada
2. Jameson Taillon (Sr., RHP) The Woodlands HS
3. Drew Pomeranz (Jr., LHP) Mississippi
4. Manny Machado (Sr., LHP) Brito HS
5. Chris Sale (Jr., LHP) Florida Gulf Coast
6. Stetson Allie (Sr., RHP) St. Edwards HS
7. Zack Cox (So., 3B) Arkansas
8. Deck McGuire (Jr., RHP) Georgia Tech
9. Dylan Convey (Sr., RHP) Maranatha HS
10. Josh Sale (Sr., OF) Bishop Blanchet HS
11. Michael Choice (Jr., OF) UT Arlington
12. Kaleb Cowart (Sr., RHP/3B) Cook HS
13. Yasmani Grandal (Jr., C) Miami (Fla.)
14. Christian Colon (Jr., SS) Cal State Fullerton
15. Gary Brown (Jr., OF) Cal State Fullerton