Winnipeg - Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today the signing of right-handed pitchers Dexter Carter and Clayton Shunick.
Carter, 25, played last season with Single-A Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League in the Chicago White Sox organization. He went 3-5 with a 6.65 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts, with Kannapolis.

“He’s been primarily a starter in his career, but we are going to try to capture a little lightning in a bottle by using him out of the bullpen,” Forney said. “We’re going to stick him out there an inning or two at a time and let him attack it with his two best pitches – his fastball and curveball.”

After being drafted by the White Sox in the 13th round (360th overall) in the 2008 MLB amateur draft, Carter was part of a package of four players that were traded on July 31, 2009 to the San Diego Padres in exchange for 2007 National League Cy Young winner Jake Peavy. Carter played the remainder of the 2009 season and the 2010 campaign in the Padres system before rejoining the White Sox organization last season after he was released by San Diego.

“He was a pretty good prospect at one time,” Forney said. “As you get older and don’t make the significant strides that the organization wants you to make, sometimes other guys can pass you.”

Shunick, 25, split last season in the Cincinnati Reds organization between High-A Bakersfield of the California League and Double-A Carolina of the Southern League. In 31 games with Bakersfield, he went 3-3 with a 2.51 ERA and four saves. He had a 4.91 ERA and 0-1 record in nine appearances with Carolina.

“He changes speed and has good command,” Forney said of Shunick. “He has Double-A experience and is a talented guy. We’re going to give him a chance to pitch out of our rotation.”

Shunick was drafted by the Reds in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2008 MLB amateur draft. He was a starter for his first two professional seasons with the Reds and during his collegiate career with North Carolina State.

The Goldeyes have also traded starting pitcher Isaac Hess to the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League for future considerations and released pitchers Zach Baldwin and Aaron Hartsock and infielder Steve Singleton. Hartsock and Singleton have retired from professional baseball, while Baldwin will determine his baseball future once he has completed the university term he is currently enrolled in.

The Goldeyes now have 22 players signed for the 2012 season, including 10 pitchers and 12 position players.