Two relative old-timers, both from Covington, have signed free agent contracts with major league clubs recently- Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10) and David Carpenter (2006).

Johnson, a second baseman out of Florida State, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels way back in 2012 in the 14th round. He slowly and methodically worked his way up the chain, and made his major league debut last September with the Angels… but went 0-10 with 4 strikeouts. The Angels released him after the season, but the Cincinnati Reds have signed him to a minor league contract. Sherman has hit a total of 251/363/389 in 2,694 total minor league at-bats.

Carpenter is even older than Johnson; he’ll turn 34 in July. A catcher when he played for the Lumberjacks in 2006 (from West Virginia), David was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2006 draft. Like the old Hank Snow song “I’ve Been Everywhere,” David has played in the majors for five different teams, last pitched for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League in 2017, and didn’t pitch at all in 2018. In 218 major league games, David went 11-11, 3.66, with 4 saves, a 1.344 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, and 9.2 K/9 in 211 1/3 total innings. ATVL named him the major league pitcher of the year in both 2013 and 2014. He signed with the Texas Rangers.