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BSB: Michael Choice Joins A's; Starts vs. Rangers

Michael Choice was a 1st round selection by the Athletics in 2010.
 
Michael Choice was a 1st round selection by the Athletics in 2010.
 

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.


 

 

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