By Jason Wojciechowski on February 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM
I made a goal to do more traditional bloggie things this season, which hopefully will include a weekly look at what's gone on in the minors. I'm starting this now to try to get in a groove, even though it's dumb to start now because it's February and there are no minors in February.
So here's what I'm going to go with: In mid-January, the A's signed Luke Carlin to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Herewith some facts about Luke Carlin:
- He's a catcher
- I have no idea if he's related to George
- He's spent time in the systems of San Diego, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh
- He was drafted in the 10th round by Detroit in 2002 and was released the next March, which seems awfully quick for a catcher drafted in the 10th round
- He's 34
- He switch-hits
- He went to Northeastern; I know a bunch of people who went to law school there
- He was drafted four picks ahead of Howie Kendrick, whose career WAR is 50 times Carlin's
- The A's 10th-round pick in 2002 was pitcher J.R. Pickens from Ole Miss, who pitched through 2005, never getting past High-A
- He was born in Maryland but grew up in Quebec
There's your minor-league wrap (not a sandwich) for the week.