Chris Carter (right-handed hitter)
Carter with the Houston Astros
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 33|
|First baseman / Designated hitter / Left fielder|
December 18, 1986 |
Redwood City, California
|August 9, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics|
(through August 22, 2016)
|Runs batted in||350|
Vernon Christopher "Chris" Carter (born December 18, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros. Carter also has experience as a designated hitter and left fielder.
Draft and minors
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.
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. 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. 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. Also in 2008 and 2009, Carter was the Oakland Athletics' Minor League Player of Year.
Carter was placed on the A's 40-man roster on November 20, 2009. In 2009, he was named the This Year in Minor League Baseball Awards "Overall Hitter of The Year". 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 finished the 2010 season with a .186 batting average across 78 plate appearances and 24 games. He played in the Venezuelan Winter League upon completion of the 2010 season. He hit .136 in 15 MLB games the next year, spending most of that season in the A's minor league system. He also split the 2012 season between MLB and the minor leagues, hitting .239 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 67 games.
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 finished with a .227 batting average and career highs of 37 home runs and 88 RBI. On January 14, 2015, Carter and the Astros agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.175 million, avoiding arbitration.
Carter had a disappointing 2015 season for the Astros; Carter was the team's starting first baseman, but hit only .199 in 129 games. However, he still managed to hit 24 home runs, and then hit .294 with a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the ALDS. At the conclusion of the 2015 season Carter was non tendered by the Astros and he became a free agent.
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