Toronto Blue Jays select Irving Carter with their 2021 Fifth-Round Draft Pick

With their fourth selection in the 2021 draft, at 152nd overall (their fifth-round pick), the Toronto Blue Jays selected Florida high-school pitcher Irv Carter out of Calvary Christian Academy.

While he was the number-two starter for Calvary Christian Academy, MLB scouts thought Carter could have been the top pitcher at any other school. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Carter hits 94 mph with his fastball that many scouts feel has room to grow. Scouts liked his slider as well and, while he didn’t use it much, think that his changeup has potential.

Baseball America’s scouts saw his fastball getting to 95 mph and liked his “good downhill angle out of a high, three-quarter arm slot” and note that his slider has spin rates in the 2500 rpm range. There are some concerns with his delivery as being inconsistent and having a long “arm stroke with stabbing action in the back” but he gets praise for his “mentality and demeanor on the mound.”

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