In the summer of 2006, the nation was introduced to a tall, overpowering 12-year-old pitcher named Kyle Carter as he helped his Columbus, Georgia team to the Little League World Series title that year.
Carter won four games during the Little League World Series, including the championship game over Japan where he struck out 11 hitters. That fall he appeared on Baseball Youth’s cover alongside some of his teammates, and he even had his own journal inside the magazine for a couple years.
Fast forward to 2012, and Carter is not only a high school senior at Columbus High School, but he’s a highly-regarded baseball player with a future just as bright as when he walked off the Williamsport mound with a championship.
In 2011, Carter set his school’s single-season record for home runs with 22, and he also led the team in batting average (.467), RBIs (47) and runs scored (51). He continues to pitch as he went 9-4 last season with a 2.33 ERA and 97 strikeouts. As a junior, he helped his team win its second straight state title.
Following his monster junior season, Carter signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Georgia, but MLB scouts were watching his senior season closely to figure out his draft stock. He helped Columbus High School win another state championship as he hit 14 home runs and went 12-2 with a 0.98 ERA on the mound.
Even before his high school season started Carter made ESPN highlights as the winner of the 6th Annual Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Arizona’s Chase Field. He hit seven bombs in the finals and easily bested five other top high school baseball upperclassmen.
As the MLB Draft proceeded to go through the first two rounds and Carter was not selected, he made sure to let those teams that were interested in him that he'd be heading to Athens, Georgia in the fall to play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
From Little League star to high school star, Kyle Carter continues to make a name for himself, and it appears the sweet-swinging lefty is not about to leave the baseball world anytime soon.