Chris Carter (right-handed hitter)

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Chris Carter
Chris Carter Astros in May 2014.jpg
Carter with the Houston Astros
Houston Astros – No. 23
Designated hitter / First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1986-12-18) December 18, 1986 (age 28)
Redwood City, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .222
Hits 299
Home runs 85
Runs batted in 216

Vernon Christopher "Chris" Carter (born December 18, 1986) is a professional baseball player for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Oakland Athletics.

High school career[edit]

Carter attended Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas before entering the professional ranks, winning the NIAA Class 4A state championship in 2005.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and Minors[edit]

Carter was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Carter began his professional career with the Short-Season Bristol White Sox in 2005. He hit 10 home runs and had 37 runs batted in. He played for two teams in the 2006 season. The teams included the Pioneer League Great Falls White Sox and the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators. He had a combined total of 16 home runs and 63 runs batted in. He played for Kannapolis in the 2007 season where he hit 25 home runs and had 93 runs batted in. During the 2007 offseason, Carter was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Carlos Quentin.[1]

Chris Carter on July 27, 2012.jpg

Oakland Athletics (2010–2012)[edit]

Two weeks after he was traded to Arizona, Carter was traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of the package to bring Dan Haren to Arizona.[2] He played for the Stockton Ports in the 2008 season where he hit 39 home runs and had 104 runs batted in. Carter was named the California League Rookie of the Year for the 2008 season.[3] In 2009, Carter split time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento, putting a .329 batting average (a 70 point increase from 2008), 28 homers and 115 RBIs combined. In 2008 and 2009, Baseball America ranked Carter as one of the top 10 prospects in the Athletics' organization.[4] Also in 2008 and 2009, Carter was the Oakland Athletics' Minor League Player of Year.[5] He was placed on the A's 40-man roster on November 20, 2009.[6] In 2009, he was named the This Year in Minor League Baseball Awards "Overall Hitter of The Year".[5]

On August 9, 2010, Carter was promoted to Oakland and went 0–3 in his first game. On August 16, Carter was demoted to Triple-A Sacramento after starting his career 0–19 with 12 strikeouts. After the AAA season ended, Carter was recalled to Oakland. On September 20, he snapped his 0–33 streak with a single in the sixth inning.

On September 22, 2010 Carter hit his first major league home run against the Chicago White Sox.

Carter played in the Venezuelan Winter League upon completion of the 2010 season.[7]

On July 6, 2012 Carter hit his third home run of the season in a pinch hit appearance in the bottom of the 11th against the Seattle Mariners.

Houston Astros (2013–present)[edit]

Chris Carter June 2013.jpg

After the 2012 season, the Athletics traded Carter to the Houston Astros with Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.[8]

During the 2013 season, Carter played 148 games batting .223 with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, and struck out an MLB-leading 212 times. He became only the fourth player to join the 200-strikeout club and his number of strikeouts set a new American League record for a right-handed hitter.

The 2014 season started out even slower for Carter, as he batted only .153 throughout the entire month of April. Carter would turn his fortunes around after the All-Star break though, as he ended up finishing with career-highs of 37 home runs and 88 RBI's. On January 14, 2015, Carter and the Astros agreed to a one year contract worth $4.175 million, avoiding arbitration.[9]


  1. ^ Merkin, Scott (December 3, 2007). "White Sox trade for outfielder Quentin". Chicago White Sox. Retrieved July 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ "A's trade RHP Dan Haren to Arizona in eight player deal" (Press release). Oakland Athletics. December 14, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Trevor Cahill and Chris Carter named organizational players of the year" (Press release). Oakland Athletics. October 10, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chris Carter". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ a b Winston, Lisa (January 1, 2010). "A's Carter pays immediate dividends: Slugger earns MiLBY for Overall Minor League Hitter". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  6. ^ A's Add Four To 40-Man Roster
  7. ^ "Winter Plans". San Francisco Chronicle. September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ McTaggert, Brian (February 4, 2013). "Astros pick up three players in trade with A's". Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Astros agree to $4,175,000 contract with Carter". Associated Press. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 

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