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WATCH: 'I was ecstatic'; Moorhead's Carter Howell signs with Giants, Fargo's Cam Blazek transfers to Minnesota

Former Spud baseball star got a call 30 minutes after the MLB draft that changed his life. Fargo North alum Cam Blazek transfers to his third college, joining the Gophers. West Fargo knocks off Rival Post 2 in the AA Legion State Tournament.

Carter Howell
Carter Howell poses for a picture after signing with the San Francisco Giants
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For a three day period, Moorhead's Carter Howell waited for his phone to ring in the MLB Draft. It never did. That is, until 30 minutes after the draft.

On the other end of the call was the San Francisco Giants offering him a $50,000 deal to join the organization.

Howell is already in Phoenix with the team's affiliate in the Arizona Complex League: a starter league for the minors. The former Spud said it took him about 30 seconds to give the team a yes and accomplish his dream.

"It's hard to just watch the tracker and just wait for your name, so when that happened I was pretty upset, but the call just re-energized me and I was ecstatic," Howell said.

"I just continued to get after it and put in work and the numbers showed for themselves. That's when I started getting talked to, and when that call came 30 minutes later it was one of the best moments of my life."


The baseball journey for Fargo's Cam Blazek has taken him from North to Neosho to New Mexico State and now Power Five. Blazek will play his final year of eligibility at the University of Minnesota.

He struck out 61 batters in his Aggie career, posting a 5-4 record in his 10 starts there. Blazek was on Hot Mic this morning, where he said the chance to get back close to home and get one more shot at college baseball was too much to turn down.

"Growing up it was always in the back of my mind. U of M always seemed out of the picture because it was the Big 10 and it’s really cool," Blazek said. "Now to think I'm actually heading there is pretty fun."

"(John Anderson) was very in depth and said, ‘hey this is what I see in you and this is what I think we can make you. You can help us in this way right now, but if we develop you, we can get you to this.’”

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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