Finding Success: Carter Baumler's Story


Savannah Dennis
Intern

Carter Baumler, a 2020 graduate of Dowling Catholic, has established his abilities as an RHP in the last couple of years. He was ranked 1st in the state overall and 15th nationally at his position by PBR for the class of 2020. He attended the 2018 PBR Future Games and verbally committed to Texas Christian University later that year. In June of 2020, Baumler was drafted in the fifth round to the Baltimore Orioles. These accomplishments did not magically appear as he made his way through baseball. Instead, he attributes his success to the people and steps that led him to today.



Carter Baumler

Class of 2020 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Dowling Catholic
    State: IA
  • Summer Team: IA Sticks
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
92
Max FB
(03/10/19)
90 - 92
FB
(03/10/19)
79 - 80
CB
(03/10/19)
81 - 82
CH
77 - 79
SL
Pitching
Max FB
91
FB
89 - 91
CB
75 - 77
CH
79 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
92
FB
90 - 92
CB
79 - 80
CH
80 - 82
Position
6.78
60-yard
2.00 - 2.40
Pop Time
77
C Velo
101
Exit Velo


Baumler has been contemplating his future in baseball for a while. “As a freshman, I wanted to have my first D1 offer,” Baumler said. “And by the time my junior year came around, I wanted to be committed to a really good school, probably like a top 25 school in the country. I did that with TCU.”


But professional baseball has been a more recent goal. “As my senior year kind of went on, it felt like I was just kind of prepping myself for pro ball,” Baumler said. “I was just trying to live on my own a little bit more. I was trying to make my own meals, just small stuff like that.”


Baumler’s success was not instantaneous. It was developed with the help of many people. “I'd say the people over at Sticks throughout my whole high school career were tremendous for me,” he said. “I definitely wouldn't be where I am without them. They put me in front of a lot of different people.”


Carter Baumler 2/27/20


Preparation and support were vital. “Later in my junior and my senior year, Dan Jennings, a pitching coach of mine...helped me out a ton, just with things to expect for pro ball,” Baumler said. “So he helped me out a ton, and then my parents and all of my friends. Everybody was so supportive, like it just kind of seems mind-boggling to me that everybody around me was just always so dang positive.”


High school baseball also helped Baumler along the way. “The Dowling coaches were always super positive for me,” he said. “When scouts called them, they always said very positive things and told them how I am. They also showed me that baseball doesn’t need to feel like a job. It’s a sport that we play to enjoy.”


As a showcase veteran, Baumler knows the importance of preparedness. “Because sometimes people aren't totally prepared to go out there, if you're a pitcher, and throw as hard as you can,” he said. “So you just need to make sure you're going out there, your body's ready, your mind's ready.”


But numbers are not everything. “I'd say don't let numbers and don't let negativity get in your head,” Baumler said. “Just focus on you. Become the best you possible in the weight room, on the field, and in the classroom. It sounds so cliché to say that, but that's really where you're getting better.”


Each step moves players closer to their goal. “That's how you improve your on-field performance,” Baumler said. “It's by doing everything else outside of baseball, and everything just kind of adds up.”


Character and performance off the field can impact a player’s future in baseball for better or worse just as much as on-field performance. With coaches supporting him at every step along the way, Carter Baumler developed as a pitcher and person. He learned to be prepared, patient, and positive, which have all built up a bright future in professional baseball.

Savannah Dennis is currently a senior at Johnston High School and has been working for Prep Baseball Report Iowa as an intern since October 2020. She has been managing the Johnston baseball team since she was a freshman and has also worked for the Iowa Sticks team as a data collector. Outside of the baseball industry, Savannah is the Print Editor for the Johnston Black & White newspaper. In the fall, she plans on going to college and majoring in statistics while managing the chosen school's baseball team.