Joash Brodin, was never played for a major league organization but is quietly putting together a solid career.
Joash Brodin from Olympia, Washington played his college baseball at the College of Charleston(SC) where in his senior year in 2009 he hit .362 with 12 home runs and 64 RBI in only 57 games. However, that summer he was passed over by all major league organizations in the Major League Draft.
After he wasn't drafted, Brodin signed with the Midwest Sliders of the independent Frontier League. He continued to put up solid numbers hitting .330 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in his first 60 games of his professional career, but still wasn't signed by a major league organization.
Over the next couple seasons Brodin would put up great numbers that you would think would draw attention from Major League organizations but he was passed over again.
In 2012, he joined the expansion London Rippers of the Frontier League and hit .370 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI through 59 games. However, the Rippers ran into financial trouble and were forced to cease operations.
On July 27th, Brodin signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Brodin slowed down after joining the Ducks only hitting .280 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games, but shined in Atlantic League playoffs hitting .359 including a .476 clip in the Atlantic League championship series against Lancaster.
From 2009-2012, Brodin had a .316 batting average with 47 home runs and 242 home runs and 61 stolen bases, but still no major league organization came calling.
Entering today, Brodin is hitting .340 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI for the Ducks. While his power numbers aren't gaudy he's solid hitter who has been one of the highlights on a struggling Ducks team playing not only first base, but also in the outfield as well.
Brodin has done nothing but produce every where he's played. It's hard to imagine that this guy never got a shot to play in a major league organization. You'd think at some point a team would take a chance on a player like him, and sent him to Advanced-A or Double-A to see what he can do, but no one has.
I've talked to Joash numerous times and he's a great guy. He's quiet and reserved but always willing to talk baseball. He turned 26, a couple months ago so the window for him ever getting a chance to play in affiliated ball is shrinking.
You never want to end a blog post with a questions, but I will.
Why hasn't Brodin ever played for a major league organization (affiliated ball)?