Grant Green Adds Two More Preseason Honors
Feb. 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- USC junior shortstop Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) was named 2009 preseason first team All-American by Baseball America and Rivals.com. He also earned first team honors by Collegiate Baseball and second team honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
He is expected to be a top five overall pick for the major league baseball draft in June.
Green currently holds the USC career record for triples (15) and begins the 2009 season in eighth place for career batting average (.351).
This summer, he batted .348 (56-for-161) with six home runs and 21 RBI for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League. His .348 average was fourth in the league as he was among the league leaders in most offensive categories. He was second in the league for runs scored (37) and slugging percentage (.537) and third in hits (56), doubles (12) and extra-base hits (19) and was 10-for-13 in stolen bases. Green earned the Robert A. McNeece Outstanding Pro Prospect Award as the league's top pro prospect. He was the starting shortstop for the East Division at the All-Star Game and named as CCBL All-Star Game most valuable player for the East squad after hitting a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the East would go on to win, 8-6.
As a sophomore last season at USC, Green earned 2008 Baseball America All-America third team honors, as well as All-Pac-10 honors. He batted .390 (80-for-205) with 15 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 10 stolen bases and 46 RBI, leading the Trojans in batting average, triples, slugging percentage (.644), on-base percentage (.438) and home runs. During the season, he had a stretch where he hit safely in 31 of 33 games. After committing nine errors in his first 21 games, Green finished the season with a streak of 29 games where he did not commit a single error. He also recorded a career-high 19-game hitting streak (longest by a Trojan during the 2008 season) which was snapped on May 3. He batted .481 (38-for-79) in the streak with seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs, four stolen bases, 23 runs scored and 23 RBI. During the streak, he recorded eight straight multi-hit games (April 5-18), where he batted .686 (24-for-35) with 15 runs scored, 12 RBI, four doubles and five home runs. He was second on the team with 25 multi-hit games (16 games with two hits, six with three hits and three with four hits).
USC opens the 2009 season on Feb. 20 against Long Beach State at Dedeaux Field.