June 19, 2006
Moraga, CA- Former Saint Mary's standout outfielder Sam Carter (Clayton, CA) signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres organization. Carter joins former teammates Corey Madden and Joel Fountain in pro ball and has already reported to camp in Arizona.
"Sam was an exceptional student-athlete at Saint Mary's who improved each year in a Gaels uniform," Saint Mary's head baseball coach Jedd Soto said. "We are proud of his efforts and expect Sam to rapidly move up the Padres minor league system."
Carter, who was not drafted, had his professional aspirations in the balance but the Padres called and signed Carter yesterday to a minor league contract. Carter will follow the footsteps of former Gael outfielder Mike Sansoe and is expected to start play for the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League on June 24th for opening day.
Carter capped off his stellar career at Saint Mary's in impressive fashion. Carter earned second-team status after posting a .356 batting average and 11 home runs with 51 RBIs overall. During WCC play, the senior hit .346 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. Carter, who was named WCC Player of the Month (March) and WCC Player of the Week in April, ranked second overall in the conference in total bases (116) and slugging percentage (.607).
He ranked tied for third in home runs (11) and runs scored (49). In the SMC career annals, Carter is second all-time in RBIs (132), fourth in home runs (24), sixth in doubles (36), eighth in hits (195) and batting average (.331) and ninth in runs (113). At the awards banquet, Carter earned the Mark Teahen MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year awards.