With the 303rd pick of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Mariners chose RHP Eric Carter from Delaware State University.
Carter, a junior, becomes the highest selection in the history of Deleware State. While his season stats (14 starts, 2-5, 5.04 ERA) weren't impressive, it was his potential that had the Mariners scouts willing to take a flier on the 20-year-old.
"He's got a huge upside," said Hornets head coach J.P. Blandin, thrilled with the news that his young pitcher had been chosen. "He's got a really live arm and can get it up there. He's been as good as 94 mph and he's just starting to figure it out.
"He pitched a lot at the end of the season and is just trying to figure it out."
Carter's best pitch is that flaming fastball, but Blandin says his other pitches aren't far away.
"He's got a good breaking ball," he said. "When it's good it's really good. It's a very good 12-6 curveball. He's showing signs with the slider and changeup as well.
"If he had one more year of college baseball, he'd have had great command of three pitches."
Blandin says he talked to Carter before the draft and expects the righty to sign.
"A lot of the scouts in the Seattle organization have seen what we've seen," said the Delaware State coach. "There's no telling how good he can be.
"I would bet that he's going to sign."
Good news for Carter. Even better news for the Mariners.
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