Michael Blair Choice
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 215 lb.
- School University of Texas - Arlington
- High School Mansfield Timberview High School
- Debut September 2, 2013
Michael Choice was the 10th draft pick of the 2010 amateur draft.
Choice hit .443 as a high school junior and .506 as a senior. As a freshman at the University of Texas-Arlington, Michael hit .376/.440/.558 for the best average by a freshman in school history. He was third in the Southland Conference in average. He was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was named SLC Freshman of the Year.
His sophomore season, he hit .413/.492/.644. He became the sixth player in UTA history to hit for the cycle. He was second in the Southland Conference in OBP, 4th in average, 5th in runs (64), 5th in hits (93) and 8th in slugging. He made first-team All-Conference. He finished the season with a .396 career average, best in school history to that point. That summer, he became the first Texas-Arlington player to appear on Team USA's college edition. He hit .350/.453/.550 for them.
Choice batted .383/.568/.704 as a junior with 76 walks and 16 home runs in 60 games, reaching base every single game. He has reached base in 157 of 166 games during his collegiate career. As a junior, he led NCAA Division I in walks and walks per game and was second in OBP. He led the SLC in average, walks and OBP, was second in runs and slugging, was third in total bases and fourth in homers. He set the SLC record for walks and set a school record for OBP (breaking Ryan Roberts' mark). He was named the SLC's Player of the Year.
Overall, Choice had a batting line of .392/.505/.636 in college with 170 runs and 162 RBI in 166 games, 25 steals in 32 tries and 34 homers. He set the school career record in homers and finished second in school history in average, RBI and total bases.
He joined Ben Sheets as the highest-drafted SLC Player ever when the Oakland A's picked him 10th overall in 2010. He was signed by scout Armann Brown for $2 million and made his pro debut that summer. Assigned to the AZL Athletics, he went 0 for 7 with two walks but was still promoted to the Vancouver Canadians, where he reached base 21 times in his first ten games. In 2011, he was the starting centerfielder for the Stockton Ports of the California League, hitting .285 with 28 doubles and 30 homers in 118 games. Promoted to the Midland RockHounds of the AA Texas League in 2012, he hit .287 with 15 doubles and 10 homers in 91 games, missing some time because of an injury. He continued his steady progression in 2013, spending the year with the Sacramento RiverCats of the Pacific Coast League; he hit a solid .302/.390/.445 in 132 games, with 29 doubles, 14 homers and 89 RBIs.
Choice reached the major leagues with the A's as a September call-up in 2013, going 5 for 18 in 9 games. On December 3rd, he was traded to his hometown team, the Texas Rangers, along with minor leaguer Chris Bostick in return for two established big leaguers, OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom.
Source: UTA bio