Matt Carson (baseball)

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Matt Carson
Matt Carson baseball.jpg
Carson with the Sacramento River Cats
Free agent
Born: (1981-07-01) July 1, 1981 (age 33)
Newport Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .237
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 21

Matthew "Matt" Reese Carson (born July 1, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and weighs 200 pounds (91 kg).[1] He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.

Prior to playing professionally, he attended Yucaipa High School and then Brigham Young University (BYU).


At BYU, he majored in mechanical engineering and was named to the Mountain West Conference All-Tournament Team in his freshman season, also the event's inaugural year.[2][3]


New York Yankees[edit]

He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2002 amateur draft.

Carson began his minor league career in 2002 with the Staten Island Yankees, hitting .203 in 48 games. He spent the next season with the Battle Creek Yankees, hitting .259 with 11 home runs and 100 strikeouts in 119 games. In 2004, he played for the Battle Creek Yankees and Tampa Yankees, hitting a combined .271 with 15 home runs and 111 strikeouts in 132.

He split the 2005 season between Tampa and the Trenton Thunder, batting .238 with nine home runs in 112 games. In 2006, he played for those two teams again, hitting .248 with ten home runs in 69 games. He spent all of 2007 with Trenton, hitting .248 with 16 home runs, and in 2008 he played for Trenton and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, hitting .285 with 15 home runs in 111 games.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

For the 2009 season, he found himself in the Oakland Athletics organization, with the Sacramento RiverCats. He had a career year, hitting .264 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI, and was subsequently called up to the major leagues.[4]

Carson made his major league debut on September 18, 2009, against the Cleveland Indians. In his first game, he struck out twice in three at-bats.[5]

Three days later, he hit his first major league home run in the 9th inning off of the Texas Rangers' Eddie Guardado. Carson was outrighted to the minors after the 2010 season.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

He was purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays from the Athletics on August 1, 2011[6] and briefly played with the Durham Bulls. After the 2011 season, he elected free agency.[7]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on November 17, 2011.[8]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

After signing with the Cleveland Indians on November 19, 2012,[9] Carson went on to appear in 20 games for Cleveland, collecting seven hits, including one homer, in 11 at-bats. After the season, Carson was non-tendered by the Indians, making him a free agent.[10] He was re-signed to a minor league deal on December 13, 2013.[11]


  1. ^ Baseball Reference
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  3. ^ "San Diego State Captures Inaugural Conference Baseball Tournament Title". Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Baseball Reference Minors
  5. ^ Game log
  6. ^ Axisa, Mike (August 1, 2011). "Minor Moves: Flores, Stokes, Ward, Carson". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Axisa, Mike. "22 Triple-A Players Elect Free Agency". Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wings/Twins sign 8 free agents". WROC-TV. November 17, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bastian, Jordan (November 19, 2012). "Indians sign Carson, Hunter to Minor League deals". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bastian, Jordan (December 2, 2013). "Tribe non-tenders catcher Marson, two others". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Storm, Stephanie (December 13, 2013). "ndians invite three non-roster players to big league camp in spring". Akron Becon Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 

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