Saints Re-Sign Left-Handed Power Hitting Outfielder Kes Carter
ST. PAUL, MN - The injuries to the St. Paul Saints outfield piled up last year. Looking for someone to fill the void, a former All-Star and first round pick fell into their lap. Kes Carter produced over the second half of 2017 and will now have the chance to show what he can do over a full season with the Saints as manager George Tsamis re-signed the power hitting left-handed hitter for 2018.
The 28-year-old Carter hit .271 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 60 games for the Saints in 2017. In 259 at bats he scored 31 runs, ripped 12 doubles, three triples, swiped 12 bases without being caught, had a .365 on base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage. After beginning the season with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the Saints signed Carter as a free agent on July 1. Two weeks later he got his revenge against his former team with a walk-off home run on July 14. Just 12 days later, on July 26, he hit another walk-off home run this time in the 14th inning against the Sioux City Explorers. Additional highlights from his time with the Saints were reaching base safely in 16 straight from July 12-31, scoring a run in a career high six straight from July 19-27, doubling in a career tying high three straight from August 19-21, and homering in back-to-back games on two different occasions.
Prior to joining the Saints he was hitting .192 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 37 games with the RedHawks. In 123 at bats he scored 16 runs, had five doubles, one triple, a .312 on base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage.
In 2016 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.
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.
This is the fourth player the Saints have signed in the off-season. Carter joins another outfielder, Jordan Smith, first baseman Brady Shoemaker and infielder Josh Allen. The Saints had signed infielder Jake Hager, but he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers organization on February 20, and infielder Noah Perioh, but he signed with the Colorado Rockies on March 3.
The Saints begin the 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18. The Saints first game at home is on Monday, May 21 against the newest member of the American Association, the Chicago Dogs, at 3:05 p.m.
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