Nate Carter Joins Tigers as a Free Agent

Nate Carter led the Mocs in saves (8) and appearances (23) in 2014.Nate Carter led the Mocs in saves (8) and appearances (23) in 2014.

LAKELAND - A third member of the 2014 Florida Southern baseball team has joined the professional ranks as Nate Carter recently signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Carter, who served as the Mocs closer last season, joins 2014 teammates Keith Curcio and Trey Vavra, who were both chosen in the 2014 Major League Draft in late June. Carter is currently a member of Tigers rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League, which is based at Tigertown in Lakeland.

This past season, Carter, who was named a Second-Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection, posted a 4-1 record and a 1.54 ERA and had a team leading eight saves out of the bullpen. The eight saves was tied for third-most in the league. On the year, he made a team-best 23 appearances on the mound and in 35 innings of work, he allowed 28 hits, eight runs (six earned runs), struck out 32 and walked just five. In his four seasons as a Moc, Carter posted a 5-6 overall record and had a 2.91 ERA and recorded 20 saves, which is third-most on the school's all-time list. He made a total of 81 pitching appearances, which is third-most in school history and in 92.2 innings of work, he allowed 86 hits, 38 runs and recorded 92 strikeouts and walked just 26 opposing hitters.  

Carter is the only former Moccasin currently playing in the Tigers organization.

Curcio was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round and Vavra was a 33rd round selection by the Minnesota Twins. Curcio is currently on the 60-day disabled list with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League, while Vavra is playing with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.

Click here for Carter's complete professional bio

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