August 09, 2010
Let's make the assumption that if you're still reading baseball content in August, then you already know which of the Chris Carters we're talking about. He's been discussed here before.
Oakland just promoted Carter from Triple-A, ostensibly because Daric Barton(notes) is dealing with shoulder spasms, but perhaps also because they're next-to-last in baseball in home runs and slugging. He's expected to start in left field on Monday night.
As a fantasy add, the 23-year-old Carter has a somewhat dangerous profile: He's hitting just .262 and he strikes out at an obscene rate (124 Ks), so it will probably take a small-sample miracle in order for him to not become a liability in batting average. The upside here is strictly in the power categories. Carter has homered 27 times this year at Sacramento, driving in 89 runs. In 2009, when he was named the Texas League Player of the Year, he hit 28 bombs and added 43 doubles. The power is absolutely real.
If you're looking for a late-season Hail Mary in HRs and RBIs — and you can sustain the near-certain hit in AVG — offer him a trial. He's just three percent-owned.
You might recall that Carter was one of the dozens of young players acquired by Oakland in the Dan Haren(notes) trade. If memory serves, it was Carter, Carlos Gonzalez(notes), Brett Anderson(notes), Aaron Cunningham(notes), Dana Eveland(notes), Ruben Sierra, Marcos Armas, Tony Armas(notes), the other Tony Armas, Alfredo Griffin, Dwayne Murphy, Mike Norris, Joe Rudi, Diego Segui, and Gene Tenace. And Bert Campaneris. And Gus Zernial. And the Raiders received Tyrone Wheatley.
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