When St Albans, West Virginia native Jake Carr first picked up a baseball at the age of 6, he envisioned a day where he would be pitching for the Mountaineers. Carr looks up to MLB legends Derek Jeter and Clayton Kershaw, but it was his dad that originally got him into the game.
“My dad just loved baseball and I was always at the baseball field when I was really little so that’s what made me start playing,” said Carr.
Jake’s dad, Tom Carr was a pitcher growing up and taught Jake everything he knows. According to Jake, his dad had an opportunity to be drafted out of high school but his dad’s poor attitude when it came to actually playing the game turned a lot of teams off. Tom saw Jake’s recruitment as an opportunity to make sure that Jake doesn’t make the same mistakes.
Carr said, “He (Tom) taught me not to have a bad attitude because that means a lot when scouts look at you.”
Carr has a fastball, curveball and changeup in his pitching arsenal. He first learned to throw a curveball when he was 9. He considers his fastball and curve to be his two strongest pitches, with curveball being his favorite. He didn’t learn to throw his changeup until the ninth grade. Carr said that for in order for his changeup to be on par with his other two pitches, he will have to continue to throw it and slowly get a better feel for it.
When it comes to recruiting, along with the schools that showed interest in Carr besides WVU were, Ohio, Marshall, Penn State and West Virginia State. Carr appreciated the interest from those schools, but when WVU Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Steve Sabins contacted Carr, WVU being his “Home State” was too much for him to say no.
“I’ve always been a WVU fan and the baseball team has gotten better over the past few years and that’s something I wanna be apart of,” said Carr.
Carr knew at the age of 12 that he wanted to pitch in college, but wasn’t sure if he was good enough to be a college pitcher. It didn’t really hit him until WVU and other schools began to show interest in him. Carr believes he will be best utilized as a relief pitcher once he gets to Morgantown. At St. Albans, Carr pitched 54 1/3 innings and had a 6-2 record with a 1.93 Earned Runs Average (ERA). Carr also had 110 strikeouts.
Carr hasn’t decided what he wants to major in once he starts at WVU, but WVU baseball fans should be excited that Carr decided to join the up-and-coming Mountaineers.