Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus describes newly acquired Chris Carter from the D-Backs as a consistently productive hitter in an advantageous home park and that is where the positive stops. He goes on to state that Carter has “…horrible defensive skills and awkward style get him pegged as a Quad-A type.” PECOTA pegs Carter with a 270/344/441 batting line in 2007 or a league average A.L. first baseman.
Baseball America says much of the same but sees his ability at the plate translating to the Show. “Carter has great bat speed along with outstanding knowledge of the strike zone, so he knows how to pick pitches he can punish and he does damage to them. He can hit the ball out to any part of the park and could bat in the middle of any batting order.” BA is just as down as BP on his glove work.
It appears that Carter should get a shot as a D.H. Too bad for Carter that is not a position open on the Sox, so it is tough to see where Carter fits in the organization except as trade bait to the Twins or A’s or as a pinch hitter.
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