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Published On: February 7th, 2022

Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers are excited to announce the signing of a two-way homegrown left-hander Carson Byers. Carson is a member of the high school class of 2022 and has already committed to continuing his academic and athletic career at Miami University in
Ohio. The Redhawks program has seen multiple players drafted in the higher rounds of the MLB draft in recent years, and Carson could be next in line.

Byers spent his high school playing days right here in the Kalamazoo area at Mattawan High School. Not only did Byers grow up in the community but he has been around the Growlers organization for a large part of his childhood. His mom Tonya Byers serves as the Office Manager and host family coordinator for the Growlers. Carson is no stranger to the organization and has spent plenty of time at Homer-Stryker Field.

While at Mattawan, Byers developed a mid to high eighties fastball and a snapping curveball that boasts an average spin rate of 2400 RPM. This number falls within the average spin rate for major league pitchers and will be troublesome to any Northwoods League batter this summer. Byers has also developed himself with the bat in his hands throughout his high school career. Carson’s bat speed and exit velocity at the plate bests more than two-thirds of all other players in the class of 2022.

Carson has also spent time at first base throughout his prep career and has the skills to play all over the diamond, and has everything that makes him a tremendous asset to any summer ball team.

During his time at Mattawan high school, Carson has been a part of multiple postseason teams and will be lighting up the prep scene during the 2022 season in the Kalamazoo area.




The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.