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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Sign Former First Round Draft Pick, 2016 All-Star, Outfielder Kes Carter

ST. PAUL, MN July 1, 2017

The St. Paul Saints have lost two centerfielder’s in the span of 10 days: Breland Almadova going down with a broken hand and Tim Colwell injuring his shoulder.  The Saints found a sound replacement by signing 2016 American Association All-Star, outfielder Kes Carter. 

 

          The 27-year-old Carter spent the last two seasons with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the American Association.  This season he was hitting .192 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 37 games.  In 123 at bats he scored 16 runs, had five doubles, one triple, a .312 on base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage.

 

          Last season Carter was selected to the American Association All-Star Game played at CHS Field.  He hit .280 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 97 games.  In 396 at bats he scored 50 runs, clubbed 23 doubles, three triples, a .340 on base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage.  Carter finished fifth in the league in extra base hits (42).  Carter had seven games with at least three RBI including a career high two home runs and five RBI on August 23 at Winnipeg.

 

          The 27-year-old Carter was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 43rd round of the First Year Draft out of Ravenwood (TN) High School, but did not sign.  He elected to attend Western Kentucky University and the moved paid off as he was a first round compensatory pick, 56th overall, by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 out of Western Kentucky, the highest in the Universities history.

 

          After battling injuries in 2011 and 2012, Carter played his first full season in 2013 at High-A Charlotte.  He hit .235 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 118 games.  He smacked 18 doubles, nine triples and swiped 10 bases.  Carter finished first in the Florida State League in total chances (322) and putouts (308) by an outfielder and was second in triples.

 

          Carter began the 2014 season with Charlotte and hit .230 with two home runs and 25 RBI before being promoted to Double-A Montgomery.  He hit .241 with three home runs and 19 RBI.

 

          Carter spent 15 games at Double-A Montgomery in 2015 before the Rays organization released him.

 

          The Saints have also placed Colwell on the disabled list, retroactive to June 30.  The Saints roster stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum of 23, 10 pitchers and 12 position players, with one player on the disabled list and two on the inactive list.