Mike Ohlman

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Michael Livingston Ohlman

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Catcher Michael Ohlman began playing in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system in 2009. He was taken by the club in the 11th round of the 2009 amateur draft. His signing bonus was $995,000.

After struggling the first few years of his career - he hit .180, .208 and .224 his first three campaigns, respectively - Ohlman put it together in a 59-game campaign in 2012, hitting .300/.400/.600 for the GCL Orioles and Delmarva Shorebirds. He was named the Orioles #19 prospect entering 2013. That year, he hit .313/.410/.524 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI and 61 runs scored in 100 games for the Frederick Keys and was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star and the Topps Carolina League Player of the Year. He spent 2014 with the Double-A Bowie Baysox where in 113 games, he hit .236 with 2 homers and 33 RBIs. On February 3, 2015, the Orioles sold his contract to the St. Louis Cardinals and he played for the Springfield (MO) Cardinals of the Texas League that season. He had one of his better years with the bat as he hit .273 in 103 games, with 12 homers and 69 RBIs. In 2016 he reached AAA for the first time, splitting his time between Springfield and the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League. In 78 games, he hit .287 with 7 homers and 44 RBIs, continuing to show some decent bat work in addition to his strength, his defensive play. Still, the Cardinals outrighted him to the minors after the season, making him a free agent.

Ohlman made his major league debut on May 9, 2017 when he was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays after they had placed C Russell Martin on the disabled list. The Blue Jays had signed him the previous November and he had begun the year with the Buffalo Bisons in the International League, hitting .246 in 23 games. In his debut, he started at catcher and batted ninth against the Cleveland Indians, forming a battery with Mike Bolsinger, who had also just been called up from Buffalo. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in a 6-0 loss.

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