March 13, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #40 Chris Carter

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #40 | Chris Carter | Athletics

Position | First Base, Third Base, Right Field

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 18, 1986 (Redwood City, Nevada)

| Sierra Vista High School

| 6'4''

| 210 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

Chris Carter was taken in the 15th round of the 2005 draft by the Chicago White Sox. After spending 3 years in the White Sox system, the club decided to trade him to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Carlos Quentin. 11 days later, the Diamondbacks traded him along with a slew of prospects to the Oakland Athletics for Dan Haren and Conor Robertson. When looking at his numbers, it's hard not to see him as a right-handed Ryan Howard. Both Carter and Howard are nearly identical in size (Carter's weight right now is believed to be somewhere around 230 lbs., but is listed at 210 lbs.) and both have nonhuman-like power. Carter hit 39 home runs last season, but also struck out 156 times which is common in power hitters. Carter has played time at first base, third base and right field and his defense is definitely a work in progress. Regardless of his defensive, his bat will make him a middle-of-the-order hitter and Carter has a good chance of one day winning a home run championship (or a few). The Athletics could push Carter a little more aggressively if they are desperate for a hitter, as many believe Carter is close to being Major League ready (as a hitter).

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR      BB
A+       137    596    .259    .361    .569      75     39      77

2009 Outlook

Carter will be in Double-A with the Midland RockHounds for at least the majority of the 2009 season.


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