Sept. 1, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former UT Arlington baseball standout Michael Choice became the Mavericks' 10th all-time big leaguer after being called up to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Choice, drafted by the A's in the 1st Round of the 2010 MLB Draft, was an All-American at UT Arlington and played for the Mavs from 2008-2010.
"I am really happy for Michael today," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "He has succeeded at every level of the game. I am looking forward to seeing him play in the big leagues for a long time."
Choice started at designated hitter lineup Monday in Oakland against the Texas Rangers, going 0-2 with a run scored and a walk in the Oakland's 4-2 win. He's the eighth former UTA baseball player to reach majors drafted from 1999-2010.
Choice discusses the win over Texas and his Major League debut here.
Choice hit .302 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI for Triple-A Sacramento in 132 games this season and is rated one of Oakland's top prospects.
At UTA, Choice finished his career as a Baseball American First-Team All-American, Yahoo! Sports All-American and was selcted to the ABCA South Central All-Region team as a second team member. He was the 2010 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Hitter of the Year and made the SLC All-Tournament team.