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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Andy Carlton impressed in high school, saw three pro seasons

Andy Carlton 1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays card
Providence Catholic High School had a good day on the baseball field this Saturday in April 1988, thanks to hitters like Andy Carlton, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Providence swept a double-header that day, scoring 17 runs in the first game and 11 in the second. Carlton's contribution for the day was four hits and five RBIs, The Tribune wrote.

Carlton's work at Providence Catholic didn't go unnoticed. The Blue Jays spotted him and selected him late in the 1988 draft. Carlton, though, couldn't repeat the success he had in high school. His professional career lasted just three seasons, never making it to AA.

Carlton was taken by the Blue Jays in the 41st round of that 1988 draft out of Providence Catholic. Carlton is also credited as Andrew Carlton and as Drew Carlton.

At Providence, Carlton played for a top-ranked team, getting mentions for his on-field work, both at the plate, and on the mound. Carlton knocked a home run in another April 1988 contest, hitting in four. He hit two home runs in an earlier double-header that month, according to The Tribune.

To end that month, Carlton even got on the mound, facing six batters and striking out five of them, The Tribune wrote.

With the Blue Jays, Carlton hit the field in 1989, assigned to rookie Medicine Hat. As an infielder, Carlton got into 29 games, hitting just .238 with one home run.

Carlton moved to short-season St. Catharines for 1990. There, he improved his average to .248 over 71 games. He also picked up six home runs and knocked in 24.

For 1991, Carlton moved to single-A Myrtle Beach. But he only played in 52 games on the season, his average dipping to .184. It was his final year as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,276
Made the Majors: 704 - 55.2%
Never Made Majors: 572-44.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 303
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 180

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