Playing catch

The Lake Elsinore Storm and the Fort Wayne Wizards traded catchers on Saturday. Luke Carlin will move to Fort Wayne while Chris Miller gets a promotion to the Storm. The Wizards set a record in the process.

Prior to the start of the Fort Wayne Wizards doubleheader with the Dayton Dragons today, catcher Luke Carlin has been sent to the Wizards and catcher Chris Miller has been promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League. Carlin, signed as a minor league free agent in April of 2003 by the San Diego Padres, appeared in 17 games for the Wizards last season. He was originally drafted in the 10th round of the June 2002 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

Carlin began the 2004 season with the Storm, hitting .262 with seven doubles and one home run in 37 games. He appeared in 36 games for Lake Elsinore at catcher, committing four errors behind the plate. Before being coming to Fort Wayne, Carlin had scored 12 runs and had driven in 12 for Lake Elsinore.

Miller was with the Chicago Cubs organization during the 2002 and 2003 season, playing five games for the Lansing Lugnuts in '02 and '03. Entering the 2004 season Miller had a career minor league batting average of .245 in 88 games with nine home runs and 50 runs batted in. He was selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the June 2002 draft and attended Long Beach City College, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California and the University of California-Irvine.

Miller appeared in 24 games with the Wizards this year before his promotion. He was hitting .202 with eight runs scored, a pair of doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI. Miller played one game at first base and was behind the plate for eight in Fort Wayne.

The Wizards have established a new franchise record for players appearing on a roster with Carlin and Ruben Mora's (July 29) addition. Fort Wayne has seen 49 players on its roster in 2004, breaking the mark of 47 in 2003.

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