Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tommy Arko, 2001 Topps #741
Arko was a high school catcher from Abilene, Texas who never hit for average in six seasons in the Baltimore farm system (.204 career AVG), but was willing to take a walk (.304 career OBP). In 2002, he flashed some power, swatting 14 home runs in just 57 games at Rookie-level Bluefield. But he was held homerless in a 22-game stint at Delmarva that season, collecting only eight hits in 63 at-bats (.127). Tommy never rose above high-A Frederick, totaling 64 games played in three seasons. Early in 2005, he was off to another slow start (.143/.206/.349 in 19 games) when he walked away from baseball at 22. It's almost like baseball is an incredibly difficult game to play or something.