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'It’s a dream come true': Moorhead's Carter Howell signs with San Francisco Giants organization

Moorhead High School graduate Carter Howell has officially signed a deal with the San Francisco Giants organization.

Former Moorhead Spuds baseball standout Carter Howell.
Moorhead High School graduate Carter Howell, who played college baseball at Augustana, is set to join the San Francisco Giants organization.
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MOORHEAD — Carter Howell was a preschooler when he got his first exposure to baseball, serving as the bat boy for the town baseball team in Carlos, Minn., the team on which his father played.

Chris Howell, Carter’s father, said his son was around that amateur team as soon as he could walk.

“Starting out being a bat boy and being around guys and around the game kind of developed his love for it and he just kept working,” said Chris, who played baseball and football for Concordia College in the late 1990s.

Carter, a Moorhead High School graduate, signed with the San Francisco Giants organization Wednesday, July 27. The undrafted free agent played college baseball for the Augustana Vikings this past spring. He has yet to be assigned to a team in the Giants organization.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Carter, who played football, hockey and baseball for the Spuds. “This is what I’ve been working towards my whole life and just to get an opportunity is a blessing.”

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Carter said he agreed to a deal with the Giants soon after the Major League Baseball draft that was completed last week. He was hoping to get drafted, but got an offer from the Giants soon after the draft was completed.

“I was a little down after the draft and then I got a call right after and that kind of picked me back up,” said Carter, who also played American Legion baseball for the Moorhead Blues.

Howell signed a deal worth $50,000, according to multiple media reports. He was a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-team selection in his final season with the Vikings. He batted .396 with 11 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs in 61 games this past spring. The 6-foot, 200-pound Howell also stole 23 bases on 25 attempts.

In 2021, Carter batted .423 with 12 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 49 games for the Vikings. The speedy outfielder had a career .411 batting average at Augustana in 124 career games.

Moorhead High School graduate Carter Howell.
Moorhead High School graduate Carter Howell, who played college baseball for Augustana, has agreed to sign with the San Francisco Giants organization.
Augustana Athletics / Jurgens Photography

“After his 2021 season, there was some chatter,” Chris said of Carter’s pro prospects. “San Francisco has been talking to him for a while. He was hoping to get drafted, but this worked out pretty well, too.”

Carter wasn’t heavily recruited for baseball coming out of high school, but landed at Augustana where his physical development helped him become a pro prospect.

“He played three sports (in high school), so he really wasn’t showcasing what he could do, but he could always play,” Chris said. “He’s thankful that Augie gave him a chance, but it turned out well. … I think he was a little small coming out of high school and he was able to put on some weight and add some power to his game that he never really had in high school.”

Carter said getting the call from the Giants was among the best “moments of my life.”

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Former Moorhead Spuds and Augustana Vikings baseball standout Carter Howell is set to join the San Francisco Giants organization.
Augustana Athletics/Jurgens Photography

“I’m just ready to start working,” Carter said. “All I wanted was an opportunity and now that I’m here I need to take advantage of it.”

Chris said it’s been rewarding to watch his son’s journey to professional baseball.

“It’s kind of his dream come true,” Chris said. “It’s pretty special. There has been a lot of people that helped along the way.”

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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