Carr signs with St. Johns River

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid standout pitcher Tyler Carr is known for having a good fastball and throwing strikes.

Those attributes are important at every level of baseball and Carr's speed and accuracy paid off in a big way as the Green Dragon right-hander signed to play baseball at St. Johns River State College in the fall Thursday.

"It means a lot to be able to play baseball in college," said Carr. "I worked hard for it and I'm looking forward to getting better."

St. Johns River State College, which is located in Palatka and competes in the Mid-Florida Conference, has a solid baseball program with excellent facilities and Vikings pitching coach Tommy Boss is excited to be able to work with Carr the next two years.

"We love Tyler's ability to throw the baseball in the strike zone," Boss said. "He keeps it low, can sink the ball and we've had good success with guys who have the same arm slot.

"He hasn't had any trouble with his arm, has the versatility to start, work out of the bullpen or close for us."

Carr isn't big physically, but is a tenacious competitor and the hard-throwing right-hander played a key role in Lake Placid winning the Class 4A-District 9 championship last year.

Carr went 6-3 with a sparkling 1.42 ERA with 68 strikeouts in only 49 innings last year and he also batted a robust .387 while playing great defense at shortstop when he wasn't on the mound.

"Tyler has good athletic ability, quick hands and is a real competitor," said former Lake Placid baseball coach Dan Coomes. "He throws the baseball pretty good and has two solid pitches.

"I'm sure he'll do well at the college level because he has good mechanics and is a strike-throwing machine."

Seeing Carr sign to play baseball in college was a proud moment for his parents.

"Tyler has worked very hard for this day and we're very proud of him," said father, Steve Carr. "We're pleased with his choice of St. Johns River because they have a good team and it's solid academically as well."

Seeing their son play in college won't be too difficult since St. Johns River is a little more than three hours by car from Sebring.

"We're looking forward to seeing Tyler play in college and it's time for him to spread his wings and take off," said mother, Heather Carr.

Carr has been playing baseball for many years and the Green Dragon senior is serious about preparing for the rigors of college baseball.

"I'm going to keep working hard," Carr said. "Get in the weight room and get stronger, and I need to work on my change-up to go with my fastball and curve ball."

Carr had several offers to play baseball in college, but chose St. Johns River.

"I like the coaching staff and the facilities are nice," the Green Dragon athlete said. "My dream is to play pro baseball and I can't wait to take the next step."

Carr has one last year in high school and would like to make it a special season.

"This is our last chance and it would be great to go out as district champions," Carr said.