Carlin with the Cleveland Indians
|Coach in the Cleveland Indians organization.|
December 20, 1980 |
Silver Spring, Maryland
|May 10, 2008, for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||11|
Luke Christopher Carlin (born December 20, 1980) is an American professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians.
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, Carlin's family moved to Aylmer, Quebec when he was very young and he played baseball in the province of Quebec, notably for the Quebec Diamants of the Ligue de Baseball Elite du Quebec in 1999 before obtaining a scholarship from Northeastern University, where he played college baseball for the Huskies. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2002 America East Tournament, in which the Huskies finished second.
He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft and signed his first pro contract on June 18 of the same year and played for the Oneonta Tigers in the New York–Penn League before being released by the Tigers on March 2003.
San Diego Padres
He signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres in April 2003 and played in their organization for six years with stops with the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League (A-) and the Fort Wayne Wizards of the Midwest League (A) in 2003, Fort Wayne and the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League (A+) in 2004, the Mobile Bay Bears of the Southern League (AA) in 2005, Mobile and the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) in 2006 and Portland in 2007 and 2008.
On May 10, 2008, Carlin made his major league debut for the San Diego Padres. On May 16, 2008, he came through with his first major league hit, which was a double against the Colorado Rockies. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in January 2009.
On January 12, 2010, Carlin signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates with an invitation to spring training.
On August 10, 2010, Carlin was traded to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later. His contract was purchased by the Indians from Triple-A Columbus on September 23. Carlin was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on October 31, removing him from the 40-man roster. Carlin refused his minor league assignment and subsequently filed for free agency. On November 29, 2010, Carlin signed a minor league contract with the Indians; his deal included a non-roster invitation to the Indians' 2011 spring training camp.
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- Massie, Jim (May 26, 2012). "Carlin joins Cleveland in Chicago". Columbus Dispatch.