Another Wheeler first-rounder??? MLB scouts flock to observe CF Dale Carey before June draft

Wheeler High’s Dale Carey, who is one of Georgia’s top baseball players, is fearless when roaming the outfield.

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A couple of weeks ago, Carey sprinted after a ball that was blasted over his head in center. As usual, Carey didn’t bother to take a glance at his proximity to the fence.

“He takes charge of the outfield, and if it’s hit out there, he thinks it’s his,” Wheeler coach David McDonald said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carey picks up the rest of the story: “I’ve run into the fence several times, and it was the one time where the fence [won] because usually it gives. All the previous encounters, I didn’t get hurt.

“This time, I was running back while looking up at the ball — and caught the pole [in the outfield fence] smack in the head.”

Despite the brutal collision, Carey held onto the ball tightly in his glove for the out. He doesn’t remember much else about the spectacular play.

“It was horrible, probably the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Carey said with a laugh. “I was dizzy, and I didn’t really know where I was at. I don’t remember getting up, and I was seeing [spots] in my eyes. It was bad.”

The hard-nosed Carey is one of the top players out of the heralded Cobb County program, which has produced a steady flow of major-league prospects over the years, including first-rounders Josh Burrus (Braves, 2001) and Jeremy Hermida (Florida Marlins, 2002).

“Defensively, [Carey] can cover center as well as anyone I’ve ever had, or I’ve seen,” McDonald said. “I had the pleasure of working with [Parkview High's] Jeff Francoeur with Team Georgia and saw him make some phenomenal plays for a couple of summers. And Dale can do the same things.”

Carey is considered a “five-tool player” (power, average, defense, throwing arm, speed), according to his coach. Along with his defensive range, Carey’s rocket throws to the infield have been clocked as high as 92 mph. He has a .359 batting average with three homers and has struck out only five times in 64 plate appearances. Carey has been clocked in the 60-yard dash at 6.5 seconds.

This past summer, Carey had a strong performance with Team Georgia and was flooded with college offers, signing with Miami over Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Georgia, among others. After deciding his future was in baseball, Carey gave up his promising football career, where he was a two-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback and generated interest from several major colleges.

5 Tool Player? Maybe 4 for now, but the fifth (power) should could naturally in time as Carey's 6-foot-3 frame fills out (AJC)

5 Tool Player? Maybe 4 for now, but the fifth (power) should could naturally in time as Carey's 6-foot-3 frame fills out (AJC)

Dozens of baseball scouts have watched Wheeler games within the past month to closely observe Carey.

“Every big-league team has stopped by to look,” McDonald said. “Both his mom and dad are real high on education. I think he’s going to be drafted, but I don’t know if it will be high enough to talk him out of the University of Miami. … I would say he could go anywhere from the third to sixth or seventh round, and that’s with some really good outfields in Georgia, both in high school and college.”

What will Carey do? “There’s a lot of interest there. When you’re a kid, it’s always your dream to play in the major leagues. If I get drafted where I’m comfortable, then it will probably be the best opportunity I’ve ever had in my life.” Carey said he is studying the situation, and hopes to be selected in the top five rounds.

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25 comments Add your comment

Michael Carvell

April 22nd, 2010
7:03 pm

I vote for Chevy

builder dawg

April 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

Trae Alexander, 2B Osborne High School….Watch out for this kid, only a soph,

MLBscout

April 25th, 2010
3:56 pm

Mott Hyde at Calhoun is a beast and DeAndre Smelter is very good. Those are the two best players in the state hands down.

jp dawg

April 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

hey builder, are you trae’s daddy?

DaMan

April 25th, 2010
7:52 pm

Before talking about the best player and who will be drafted this June, how about posting the top teams from 5A to 1A. The playoffs begin this coming week and the time is right to showcase the best against the beasts. Teams of Georgia!

Dale for President

April 25th, 2010
8:59 pm

Dale is a great young man!!!

Go Wheeler

JANELL FRANCIS

April 25th, 2010
10:09 pm

HI! DALE IS A GREAT PLAYER!! GOOD LUCK CAREY FAMILY IN THE DRAFT I THINK HE WILL GO PRO. HE HAS THE ATTITUDE OF A NICE YOUNG MAN THAT DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY BY LONG HARD WORK. DALE YOU CAN DO IT JUST TRUST GOD HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH.

GOOD LUCK!!! FROM GERARD AND HIS MOTHER JANELL

DK's #1 Fan

April 25th, 2010
11:46 pm

Dale is such a great player and will go far with his career. He has the heart and dedication that inspires others to excel in what they do as well. Just jeep God first in your life and everything will fall in place DK :)

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RaleighDawg

April 26th, 2010
11:13 am

Cam Bedrosian down at East Coweta looks pretty good.

aztec

April 26th, 2010
11:22 am

you all forgot too list clay garner from loganville

Indiana Supporters

April 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

I vote for Dale Carey!

Phillip Jones

April 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

Put him on the Braves! Let him bat lead off NOW !

Natureboy

April 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Jordan Akins at Union Grove might be the best player out there that many don’t know about! Remember his name!

Redan

April 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

Patrick Smith from Redan High is a sleeper. Check the kid’s stats on gasports.com. He has drawn seven to eight scouts to his games. Hit for average and for power. He reminds you of a Wille McGhee in center field. Great prospect.

Redan

April 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

Patrick Smith’s stats. batting .478 with 6 homers 40 rbi’s, 35 runs, 13 BB, slugging pct. 854. You must see this kid from Redan.

Call It Like It Is

April 26th, 2010
7:54 pm

Zack Alvord which already had an offer last year from Auburn.

Hands down!

Enough Said!

Frank Wren

April 26th, 2010
9:29 pm

Hands down, Tyler Austin from Heritage High in Conyers. He may be a first round pick. Google him. nuff said.

Baseball26

April 27th, 2010
8:45 am

Adrian Smelter down in macon hands down is best in Ga this year

Fireball Fanatic

April 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

Kent Emanuel-Woodstock High School Left-Handed Pitcher throws the HEAT!

fireball fanatic 2

April 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

Emanuel…LHP from Woodstock, great fastball, tons of strikeouts, and a no-hitter this season.

Fireball Fanatic 3

April 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

Kent Emanuel-Woodstock High School Left-Handed Pitcher is a bada** He is better then most of these players. Goooooooooooooooo Fireball…….

Margaret Owens

April 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

Dale Carey, please don’t neglect your education if you decide to take one of those offers. You will need a Business Degree to manage all of your money! -:) And don’t forget the importance of giving back: to those whom much is given, much is expected.

Ms Sandra - Baseball Mom

April 28th, 2010
8:49 am

I have had the chance to see them all play. They are all awesome and great young men! My son is on this list. The focus for this day, this time should be college – MLB – the dream. There are more awesome players that are not on this list. So, my vote is for them all that no matter how this draft prospect rounds turnout, I know they all have a bright future ahead. They’ve done the work to exhibit there future success as students.

Go Wheeler

April 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Dale is the truth. One of the best players out there hands down and has a great personality to match. With the right support and guidance he will go far

Kelly Mullinax

May 6th, 2010
3:18 pm

Good Luck Dale ,Hope you have a fantastic future playing ball, but listen to Margaret , she knows what she is talking about!