MOORHEAD — Carter Howell, a graduate of Moorhead High School, has reached a deal with the San Francisco Giants organization after playing four seasons with the Augustana Vikings, multiple sources say. He is expected to officially sign with the Major League Baseball organization later this week.
An undrafted free agent, Howell has agreed to a deal worth $50,000, according to multiple outlets.
“I always thought of him as having that ‘I’m going to do something big’ mindset in baseball,” said Greg Salvevold, who was Howell’s baseball coach at Moorhead High School. “You can just see his athleticism and his development coming, especially his last year with us.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound Howell played for the Vikings last spring in a season that ended in late May. The Vikings have qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament. Howell played center field and hit .396 with 11 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs in 61 games. He also stole 23 bases on 25 attempts and scored 68 runs.
In 2021, Howell batted .423 with 12 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 49 games. He stole 28 bases on 30 attempts and scored 58 runs.
“You watch his junior and senior years, kind of write his history, dominant at that level,” Salvevold said of Howell’s last two seasons with the Vikings.
Howell played in 124 games during his Augustana career with a .411 batting average. He had 28 doubles, eight triples, 29 home runs and 130 RBIs with 54 stolen bases. Howell scored 143 points.
“Carter, he could just hit the ball,” said Salvevold, a Moorhead High School grad who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Rays in 1996. “I knew he could still do that. .”
Howell was a first-team selection in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last spring. He played baseball for the Moorhead Spuds and Moorhead Blues before his career with the Vikings. Howell also played football and hockey for the Spuds.
“He’s worked so hard to get to where he is right now and it’s paying off,” Salvevold said. “It creates a certain excitement for baseball and those little kids in Moorhead and the surrounding communities. It’s great when something like that happens.”