Steve Carter

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Steven Jerome Carter

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Steve Carter was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a 17th round pick, in the 1987 amateur draft. He was shipped out to the Watertown Pirates of the New York-Penn League. Steven played in 66 games and wound up with a .310 batting average in his first year as a pro. He slugged .393 and had an OBP around .393. His 50 runs tied Wes Chamberlain for the team lead and his 24 steals were second on the squad. He tied Elio Jose for 5th in the league in batting average.

1988 saw Steven have a busy year playing with three different clubs, the Salem Buccaneers of the class A Carolina League, the Harrisburg Senators of the AA Eastern League and the Augusta Pirates of the South Atlantic League. He hit .299/.368/.439 with 22 steals in 30 tries in 74 games for Augusta, was 6 for 21 with Salem and 10 for 35 with 7 runs in 9 games for Harrisburg. Had he qualified, he would have ranked 5th in the SAL in average.

His performance earned him a shot in 1989 with the parent Pittsburgh Pirates team, where he got into nine games, going 2 for 16 with a double, homer, 2 walks, 2 runs and 3 RBI. In his big league debut, he pinch-hit for Rafael Belliard and was intentionally walked by Pascual Perez to get to Doug Drabek (who left for a pinch-hitter as well). Carter came around to score on a Jose Lind hit. His lone big league homer was a 3-run shot off of ex-Buc Don Robinson on April 30th. He spent most of the year with the Buffalo Bisons of the AAA American Association. He finished out the year with Buffalo, hitting .295/~.345/.404 with 17 steals and 6 triples and playing an even 100 games. Had he qualified, he would have been 5th in the AA in average.

He was with the Bisons again in 1990, hitting .303 in 120 games. Following this, the major league Pirates called him up at he end of the Buffalo season, but he only managed to get into five games and his big league career ended on October 3rd.

The outfielder was traded by the Pirates to the Chicago Cubs for Gary Varsho on March 29, 1991 and he played that season for the Iowa Cubs of the American Association. On December 10th, he was granted free agency and signed with the Detroit Tigers

Steven spent the 1992 season with the Toledo Mud Hens of the AAA International League, hitting an even .300 in 130 games. He was then traded by Detroit to the Cincinnati Reds of the National League, in an unknown transaction before the 1993 season.

1993 put Carter back in the American Association for 68 games, where he hit .269 for the Indianapolis Indians. On July 12th, Cincinnati traded the outfielder to the Houston Astros for Jack Daugherty. Carter finised up the season with the Tucson Toros of the AAA Pacific Coast League.

Carter played in Italy in 1994, hitting .431/.529/.684 for C.F.C Nettuno in Serie A1; he had 64 runs and 54 RBI in 44 games and stole 10 bases in 11 tries. He hit .391 in the semifinals and .267/.542/.333 in the finals as Nettuno fell short. He led the league in runs, one ahead of Elio Gambuti, was .008 shy of batting champion Luis Martinez and was 4th in RBI (between Andres Thomas and Martinez). In 1995 he was back in the United States and played in 24 games with the Charlotte Knights of the International League before retiring early, in what was to be his last known season.


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