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Carter back home after rookie season

By Michael Butler

Jed Carter has completed his first season in the minor leagues with the Chicago Cubs organization. Now he is back home until spring training in March.

Like the Cubs, Jed's team, the Eugene Emeralds, won its league title.

"Right after the draft, I was sent to rookie ball in Arizona," Carter said. "I didn't make it to Eugene until after the all-star break. They had already been having a pretty good year. We were able to finish it out. It was a lot of fun."

The right-handed middle reliever pitched in 11 games in Arizona and Oregon with a 3.72 ERA. He had 17 strikeouts and six walks in 9.2 innings.

Carter got to watch one of the best pitchers in baseball on a rehab assignment, Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.

"Probably my third day there, Greinke came down," Carter said. "That was impressive to watch. How he critiques himself when he's on the mound, he's really technique oriented."

At the end of the season, Carter took a few weeks off to rest his arm. He is now throwing three days a week.

"I'm throwing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," he said. "I'm lifting Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays."

Carter enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs win the title after his season ended, breaking a 108-year championship drought.

"108 years is a long time. You'd think they'd accidentally win one. We weren't around a lot of major league guys, but the coaches are the ones that brought them up. That was fun. Once you get drafted by the Cubs, you're a Cubs fan."

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