Hard-throwing righthander who was both a starter and long reliever … in 26.2 innings pitched over 12 appearances (six starts) and two seasons, he had a 1-2 record and 4.39 ERA while allowing 22 hits (.222 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks with 32 strikeouts.
2021: Drafted in the 14th round (No. 420 overall pick) by the Cincinnati Reds and signed in July … had an 0-2 record and a 5.68 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) … in 19.0 innings pitched, he allowed 15 hits (.217 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks with 25 strikeouts … led the team in opponents’ batting average … held leadoff batters to 0-for-15 … pitched 4.0 innings in a starting role, allowing two hits, one run and one walk with eight strikeouts against East Tennessee State on March 2 … pitched 2.2 innings in a starting role, allowing one hit and no runs with four strikeouts against Notre Dame on March 7 … pitched 3.1 innings in a starting role, allowing two hits, one earned run and one walk with three strikeouts against Georgia Southern at North Augusta, S.C. on March 23 … pitched 3.0 innings in a starting role, allowign two hits and no runs with five strikeouts against No. 16 South Carolina on May 11 … No. 290 college prospect for the 2021 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball … No. 18 ACC prospect for the 2021 draft in the preseason by Baseball America … No. 36 ACC prospect for the 2021 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball.
2020: Received a redshirt from the NCAA with the season’s suspension on March 12 and cancellation due to a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic … had a 1-0 record and 1.17 ERA in four relief appearances … in 7.2 innings pitched, he allowed seven hits (.233 opponents’ batting average), no homers and three walks with seven strikeouts … pitched a perfect inning in relief with two strikeouts against Liberty on Feb. 16; was his first career appearance … pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts against Stony Brook on Feb. 21 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with two strikeouts against South Carolina at Columbia, S.C. (Segra Park) on Feb. 29 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief with one strikeout to earn his first career win against Boston College on March 7.
2019: Suffered an arm injury in the fall and received a medical redshirt … No. 49 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 13 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 33 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by D1Baseball.
Before Clemson: All-state as a senior … region pitcher-of-the-year and team MVP … lettered four times in baseball at Bleckley County High School, where he was coached by Brad Davis.
Personal: Majoring in parks, recreation & tourism management … born Carter Jaeden Raffield on Feb. 28, 2000 in Hawkinsville, Ga.
• Favorite hobbies – Hunting, fishing, going to church and spending time with friends and family• Interesting facts about family/parents – His grandfather and brother were both drafted by the Cardinals• One fact that most people don’t know – Has been the tallest member of his family since eighth grade• Favorite food or candy – Home-cooked meals from his mother• Proudest childhood accomplishment – Winning the 2017 17U BCS title in Fort Myers, Fla.• Ideal vacation spot – Anywhere in a deer stand• Childhood hero – Nolan Ryan• One person, living or dead, to eat dinner with – Nolan Ryan