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Choice, Wheeler share Player of Week award

Choice, Wheeler share Player of Week award

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Desert Dogs outfielder Michael Choice (OAK) and Salt River Rafters third baseman Ryan Wheeler (ARI) have been named the Arizona Fall League's week one co-Players of the Week.

Choice: The 6-0, 215-pound Choice homered in three of his four games. For the week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 1 double, 3 home runs, 4 RBIs, 7 runs, 1 walk, .526 on-base percentage and 1.077 slugging percentage.

The 21-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native, who played collegiate baseball at Texas-Arlington, led the Class A Advanced California League with 30 home runs in 2011 while hitting .285 with 82 RBIs in 118 games, his first full Minor League season.

Choice was Oakland's first-round (10th overall) Draft pick in 2010.

Wheeler: The 6-4, 220-pound Wheeler, who hails from Torrance, Calif, leads the Fall League in hits (10) and doubles (5) after the first week of play. His .556 (10-for-18) batting average ranks second. He also registered 4 RBIs, 2 runs, a .556 on-base percentage and a .857 slugging percentage.

The Diamondbacks' fifth-round (156th) selection in the 2009 Draft, Wheeler, 23, who played college baseball at Loyola Marymount, was a key member of the Southern League champion Mobile BayBears in 2011 when he hit .294 with 16 home runs and 89 RBIs.

Other nominees: Other players receiving Player of the Week consideration were Phoenix first baseman Jesus Aguilar (CLE), Peoria Javelinas infielder Scooter Gennett (MIL) and Surprise Rafters outfielder Kevin Mattison (FLA).

Arizona Fall League: Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB. It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at six Spring Training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River Rafters) is the league's newest venue, joining five returning sites: Mesa HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa Solar Sox), Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria Javelinas), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Phoenix Desert Dogs), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Saguaros).

This year's schedule features the sixth annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Surprise Stadium and the annual championship game on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Scottsdale Stadium. The Scottsdale Scorpions are the defending champions.

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