Baseball- Welcome Back Kotter (actually James Carter that is)

Gamespeed welcomes James Carter a minor league prospect with the Dodgers organization. Some of you might get the 70’s reference  “Welcome back Kotter” tv show.

Anyway James worked with me as a highschooler out of San Ramon Valley and then while at Chabot College 2011-12. He then went on to UCSB where he was drafted by the Dodgers in 2016.

Even though he has been pitching since his tommy john recovery the remnants of inactvity have shown in his body thanks to a Functional Screen. We’ll take this opportunity to build James from the inside out and improve his endurance, durability and functional performance which should improve velocity and overall health.


Carter, 23, was picked by the Dodgers in the 21st round of the 2016 June draft out of the University of California Santa Barbara. He was born in Pomona, California and attended San Ramon Valley High School.

Following his graduation from high school, Carter registered at Chabot College in Hayward, California, playing two years with the Gladiators and helping them foster a 20-game winning streak. In June of his 2014 season he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 28th round but chose not to sign.

Carter moved on to the University of California Santa Barbara for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was again drafted following his 2015 season. This time the drafting team was the Houston Astros and Carter once again chose not to turn pro.

James Carter
(Photo credit – Vince Agapito)

During his two years with the Gauchos he was limited to a total of 18.1 innings and gave up but one earned run. The 18.1 innings spanned two years with a Tommy John recovery period in between his last appearance in 2015 and first one in 2016.

The 6’3”/185-pound Carter was but one of the Tommy John surgery fraternity selected by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft. His TJ classmates were Bailey Ober, Conor Costello, Enrique Zamora, Jordan Sheffield and Mitchell White.

He did recuperate quickly enough to participate in the College World Series in 2016 which was eventually won by Coastal Carolina University.

James Carter did sign a professional contract with the Dodgers on the third attempt to sign him. His lone inning of work in 2016 with the Arizona League Dodgers came on July 27. His 2017 season will no doubt be a more rewarding season for him as he begins his professional career.

Right-hander Jeff Paschke was selected by the Dodgers with their 22nd round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California.

The native of Santa Barbara, California, first played high school baseball at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona. At Valley Christian he was named the national sophomore baseball Player of the Year by the ESPN publication, Rise. He finished his sophomore season with a sizzling .620 batting average and set a state record with 72 RBIs.

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