Draft analysis: A’s pick Green

Posted By on June 9, 2009 10:51 pm

Talked to Baseball America editor John Manuel tonight as part of my coverage for FanHouse, and I asked him about Grant Green, the A’s first-round pick.

He had some interesting things to say. Did you know that last fall Green was considered the No. 2 player in the draft, right behind Stephen Strasburg? Green apparently went nuts last summer in the Cape Cod League and looked like a real stud, then he went to USC and looked more like a dud (relatively speaking, he still hit .374). Manuel said Green’s history has been to do better in years he wasn’t eligible for the draft.

“He has draft-itis,” Manuel said.

Manuel said that last summer “the accolades couldn’t be any higher. They were comparing him to a cross between Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki. That’s not who he is. Saying he has Longoria hand strength and power is unfortunate. It set him up to fail. Very few players have that strength in their hands, that sort of thunder. I see him as average to above average defender with an average to above average bat. That can be a pretty special guy.”

Manuel also said there were rumors that Green played this year with a wrist injury, which could account for his decline in power (four homers).

John Klima of Baseball Beginnings told me earlier today that Green’s been compared with Bobby Crosby. I know that must have you A’s fans thrilled.

Turns out he is also a Scott Boras client, so he is not going to be signing quickly or cheaply.

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