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FEATURE: Interview With New York Yankees’ Prospect Will Carter

New York Yankees’ pitching prospect Will Carter spoke to Hardball Scoop about the recent youth movement and he feels like he has what it takes in order to make an impactful contribution.

In the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Will Carer out of Alabama. Since being drafted, Carter has progressed through the Yankees system with ease.

Following being drafted in 2015, Carter was sent to the Staten Island Yankees where he impressed in just nine games. The right-hander sported a 2.04 ERA in just 17 2/3 innings pitched while striking out 13 batters.

Carter spent his 2016 campaign split between three different levels of the Yankees system, Charleston, Tampa and Trenton. In 21 starts, Carter went 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA which left many wondering if he was better suited for a bullpen role. This has not let Carter stop him from striving for his best in 2017 and work his way into the "Baby Bomber" movement and eventually make his way up to the Bronx.

It should also be noted that this was Carter's first full season playing professional baseball since coming out of college. It could be a tough transition for some players due to the grueling dog days of minor league baseball.

"When I first got into pro ball the most difficult adjustment was the long bus rides after playing and then playing the next day." Carter said. "It takes a different kind of toll on your body. So becoming accustomed to the travel is a necessity."

One aspect of his game that fans should take note of when looking at Carter is his strength of getting opponents to put the ball on the ground with his tremendous ability to sink the ball.

"My ability to sink the ball and force a lot of ground balls makes me unique."

This is a strong suit that could prove to be vital while pitching in the Bronx due to the stadium's small confines.

It is not everyday where teams are able to find players who genuinely just enjoy being involved with the organization, which seems to be the case with this right-handed pitcher.

"Our organization is filled with a lot of talent," Adams added. "At every level it seems that each team is one of the top teams in every league and is in a playoff push throughout the season. There's a lot of players in the organization that are fun to watch and that speaks volumes to the Yankees ability to develop young talent."

He may not be one the Yankees’ most highly-ranked prospects, but by making an assumption based on my time spent with him I believe that thanks to his positive mindset as well as strong ability to produce ground balls, Carter may very well find himself pitching in the Bronx sometime in the future.


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