A Story of Dexter Carter
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Part of a Trade
RHP Dexter Carter was part of yesterday’s trade with the Padres as the 22-year-old joined Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda and Adam Russell in the deal.
He is 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 19 starts with Kannapolis this season and boasts an impressive 143 SO to just 32 BB in the Sally League. Carter features a four-seam fastball and a big overhead curveball in his arsenal.
I heard an interesting story about Dexter yesterday and thought I would share it. I think it shows how important scouting and player development are in building assets for an organization, whether those assets manifest themselves at the big league level for us or as part of a deal to acquire other talent.
Our area scout Chuck Fox had liked Carter since high school. In 2008 at Old Dominion University, Carter scuffled, going 3-4 with an 8.76 ERA in 12 games. But Fox still liked the kid and liked his arm. He recommended we draft Carter, and we took him in the 13th round despite the poor college season.
Newly signed, Carter reports to Great Falls.
During his very first bullpen session, the kid’s pitches are all over the place.
Curt Hasler, our pitching coach at Great Falls, sees a mechanical problem immediately and makes a suggestion.
He draws a line on the mound and says, “Make sure your foot lands on or past this line.”
Carter, to his credit, makes the adjustment on the very first pitch.
Everyone’s eyes lighted up. We were on to something.
And Carter went on to go 6-1 with a 2.23 ERA for Great Falls as they captured the league title.
And somewhere along the line, a Padres scout saw him, liked him and Dexter Carter helped get us Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, with an assist to Chuck Fox and Curt Hasler.