Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
It’s time for another ridiculous edition of the 2012 Player Wrap Up – this time featuring a player with fewer hits than Chien-Ming Wang, Brett Carroll!
Carroll was originally signed to be a significant piece of the 2012 Washington Nationals roster (kind of like Mike Cameron was, right?) – expected to play center field against left-handed pitchers, while also providing another bat off the bench. Things changed quickly for Carroll as the Nats signed Xavier Nady mid-Spring Training, though Carroll was still able to crack the Nats Opening Day Roster. You might not think much of Carroll’s brief career in the curly “W”, but he was able to make a positive impact on the ballclub.
Let me take you back to Opening Day against the Cubs at the Friendly Confines. The Nats were in a 1-1 contest late in the game when the head of the Goon Squad, Chad Tracy, was able to hit a 2-out double against Carlos Marmol (only the Nats 3rd hit of the day). Tracy (who runs approximately a 40-second/ 40-yard dash) was abruptly replaced by our hero, Brett Carroll, who was able to score easily on a line drive to shallow right by Ian Desmond giving the Nats the lead and their first win of the season.
The rest of Carroll season didn’t go as smoothly – he scored another run, played some defense, flied out, popped out, and was DFA’ed - thus ending the wonderfully brief tale of Brett Carroll.
Bonus Fun Fact: Carroll appeared in 5 games for the Nats this season; all wins.
Next year: I wouldn’t expect to see Brett Carroll crack an MLB 25-Man Roster next year, unless it is in Houston. He is a league average defender at the corners but doesn’t hit for enough power or have enough speed to warrant a roster spot. Carroll appears destined to be an organization depth player – AAA or bust.
Next up: #17 Sean Burnett