Carter Shining in Winter League Play…
A familiar name is shining in Winter League play.
RHP Anthony Carter, who was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft, was recently named “Player of the Week” in the Mexican Winter League (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico).
In five appearances last week, Carter, 31, saved five games. He is currently tied for third in the league in saves with 11 (tied with former Knights reliever Ryan Kussmaul), and is just one behind former Knights reliever Daniel Moskos, who is second in the league with 12. Former Knights hurler Maikel Cleto is also among the league leaders with eight.
Currently pitching for Aguilas de Mexicali, Carter has yet to allow a run in 13 games this season. He has fanned 13 batters over 12.2 innings pitched.
A native of Decatur, GA, Carter appeared in 74 games with the Charlotte Knights over parts of two seasons (2011–12). Over that span, the hard-throwing right-hander struck-out 102 batters in 110.0 IP. He earned the save for the Knights on Opening Day 2012 (April 6th), and notched four wins and five saves in the team’s bullpen over that two-season span.
Since then, Carter has found himself in a number of organizations over the years.
In 2013, he shined with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and posted a remarkable 2–0 mark with a 3.47 ERA and 24 saves in 52 appearances. He was a 2013 Mid-Season International League All-Star.
From 2014–2016, Carter spent time in the Chicago Cubs organization, San Diego Padres organization (Triple-A El Paso), Texas Rangers organization (Triple-A Round Rock), and even spent a season in Japan (Nippon Ham Fighters). Unfortunately, he also missed some time (the 2015 campaign) due to injuries. Still, Carter has come back strong and has continued to compete at a high level.
Last season, Carter dominated Atlantic League hitters while pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers (Independent). In 59 games, he went 5–3 with 31 saves and a 3.12 ERA in 57.2 innings pitched. His 31 saves finished second overall in the league. He also struck-out 61 batters on the season and helped lead the Barnstormers to 76 wins and a first place finish in the Freedom Division.
NOTABLE: Also on that Lancaster team last season were former Knights Josh Bell (2013), Lastings Milledge (2011), and Daniel Moskos (2012–13).
It’s nice to see Carter shining this winter in Mexico. To stay up-to-date with him, and other former Knights players who are currently playing in Mexico, check out the league’s official website: https://www.lmp.mx/.