Chris Carter was removed from his game with Triple-A Sacramento without injury in the fourth inning on Sunday.
It's not hard to put two and two together, here. Daric Barton left Sunday's game with left shoulder spasms. If Oakland needs a replacement for any length of time, the slugging prospect Carter would likely be that guy. Carter was recently moved to the outfield to give him more options for future playing time, but he is a natural first baseman. He's crushing the ball at Triple-A and may be within a few hours of a promotion. Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter
"I'm the man with the ball. I'm the man who can throw it faster than F***. So that's why I'm better than anyone in the world." - Kenny Powers
help me out here.. who knows about this guy.. is this a get him now type of situation (I would have to drop Gaby Sanchez to make that happen)? or is this more of a wait and see type of thing?? I don't know very much about this fella.. but that july OPS is pretty worthy
Heres a year old scouting report. Seems he's got 40 HR upside with a solid OBP. Another article that I can't find compares him to a right handed Ryan Howard, but I think Adam Dunn is more reasonable. I'm surprised he isn't receiving more hype. It's anyones guess if he can actually hit MLB pitching at this point though..
Here's the pitch on the way, a swing and a belt! Left field! Way back! BLUE JAYS WIN!
The kid's got power through the roof and walks at a decent clip, but he's a K-machine, too. The story with players like this is pretty standard: They might start hot, but generally, they need a while to acclimate. Think Dunn/Reynolds if things work out. Think Jack Cust if they don't.
You 5x5 guys will hate his BA, and he probably won't run, which makes him a HR/RBI/R contributor in that format. That's probably why he's not getting as much hype in fantasy circles as other 1B prospects who can contribute to another category, like BA.
If you want to dream on a power prospect, Carter is your man. He has Ryan Howard-like power potential, although there are concerns over his lack of contact and high strikeout numbers. Carter is likely a .250-.270 hitter in the Majors (His .337 average in double-A was aided by a .406 BABIP). His strikeout rate in double-A was 24.3% in ’09. On the plus side, he also had an ISO rate of .238, an OPS of 1.1011 and a walk rate of 13.8%. Although the 6’4” 210 lbs first baseman is not swift-of-foot, he is a smart base runner who nabbed 13 bags in 18 tries. Daric Barton is Carter’s biggest “roadblock” to the first base job in Oakland; although he’s far from a five-tool player, the prospect is a better all-around player than Jake Fox or Jack Cust.