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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Eddie Carter set steals records in high school, couldn't continue it in pros; Saw five seasons, made AA

Eddie Carter sped through high school, enough so that he set a state record in steals, according to The Tampa Tribune.

From 1984 to 1986, he stole 136 total bases for Jacksonville's Terry Parker High School, The Tribune wrote.

His record, however, proved short-lived. Another Florida high schooler was poised to break it just three years later, The Tribune wrote. (His single-season state mark of 60 steals would fall in 1991)

Carter turned pro just after completing that high school record. His pro career lasted five seasons. He topped out at AA.

Carter's pro career began that year in 1986, taken by the Cardinals in the 27th round of the draft out of Jacksonville. Carter was also credited as Ed Carter.

Carter started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City, but he couldn't keep up his steal rate. He hit a leadoff home run in an August game. Overall, he hit .275, with that one home run in 38 games. He stole just five bases.

Carter moved to short-season Erie in 1987. He hit .255 there, another eight stolen bases in 69 games.

He played 1988 and 1989 at single-A Savannah. He stole 18 bases in 1988 and 21 in 1989. He hit .256 and .193.

Carter played 1990 between single-A Springfield, high-A St. Petersburg and AA Arkansas. He saw 10 games at Arkansas and went 3 for 16. Overall, he hit .227 in 64 games. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,978
Made the Majors:1,325-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,653-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:542
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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