Just saw online this morning that Adrian Cardnas has retired (or how he puts it, "Quit") from Major League Baseball. As an A's fan I was excited when I heard that we had received Cardnas when we traded Joe Blanton to the Phillies back in 2008. I thought it was a great move from our very own Billy Bean getting a under the radar guy who has Major League potential. Upon his arrival in the A's system he started in A-Ball Stockton and quickly begun his rise. He ended his first year in the A's system hitting .296 with 5 HR's and 40 RBI's. He then continued to hit for average (minimal power). Cardnas was ranked as high as 9th among prospects in the A's system. Unfortunately he never had his shot with the A's since we was claimed on waivers by the Cubs in Feb 2012 (designated after the signing of our friend, Bay Area representative AND World Series Champion Jonny Johnson Gomes).
Cardnas had his MLB debut with the Cubs on May 7th of 2012 (lined out). From here the it did not go much further (he did get his first Major League hit, a double, against Jose Veras of the Brewers). As a Cub he mainly was used as a bench player and finished hitting .183 with 2 RBI's through 45 games.
After falling back down the ladder, Adrian has now officially called it a day and is now attending New York University continuing his studies in Philosophy and Creative Writing.
Here is an article written by Adrian going into detail about why he left the game and how he came about it.
As a fan of yours Adrian, I wish you the best and congratulate you for all you have down.