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Carter drafted by Cubs

By Michael Butler

Jed Carter got the call he had been hoping for. The former Tallassee High School pitcher, quarterback and state javelin champion was drafted in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Carter was the 464th pick overall, the highest Tallassee Tiger ever selected, as well as the highest ever from Auburn University at Montgomery.

"I'm thankful to everyone in Tallassee that has influenced me in life and the game of baseball," Carter said. "Through hard work and guidance I have been able to accomplish a lifelong dream of playing professionally.

"I am grateful for the opportunity the Chicago Cubs have given me. I would like to most importantly thank my family, who have always supported me and given me the confidence to pursue my dreams. The city of Tallassee will be on my mind as I embark on this new chapter of my life."

A 2013 graduate of Tallassee High School, Carter joins another former pitcher/quarterback in Trey Cochran-Gill as THS' two alums now with major league franchises. Cochran-Gill was drafted by Seattle in 2014 in the 17th round. He is now with the Oakland A's organization.

As a college junior last season, Carter was an honorable mention NAIA All-America at AUM. The Warhawks closer posted a 1.85 ERA and led the NAIA in saves with 16.

With a 97 mile-per-hour fastball, Carter turned heads of scouts at the big league level.

"A lot of it is long toss, weight training and also bands," he said. "I hit the weight room hard and put on 25-30 pounds in the past eight months. That really made it jump."

Carter said he "really enjoyed" his AUM experience but is looking forward to his professional opportunity. He gave some advice to youngsters coming up the ranks like he did.

"Work hard and keep your eyes on God."

He also quoted scripture from Joshua 1:9 about the next step in his life. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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