Chris Carter (infielder)

Vernon Christopher Carter (born December 18, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees. In 2016, while playing for the Brewers, Carter led the National League in home runs, along with Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, with 41.

Chris Carter
Carter batting for the New York Yankees in 2017
Acereros de Monclova – No. 33
First baseman / Designated hitter
Born: (1986-12-18) December 18, 1986
Redwood City, California, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.217
Home runs158
Runs batted in400
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Carter was born in Redwood City, California. At approximately age 7 or 8, his family moved to Las Vegas.[1] He attended Sierra Vista High School.[2] In 2005, Sierra Vista's baseball team won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 4A state championship.[3]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

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 Bristol White Sox of the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2005. He hit 10 home runs and had 37 runs batted in (RBIs). He played for two teams in the 2006 season. The teams included the Great Falls White Sox of the Rookie-level Pioneer League and the Kannapolis Intimidators of the Class A South Atlantic League. He had a combined total of 16 home runs and 63 RBIs. He played for Kannapolis in the 2007 season where he hit 25 home runs and had 93 RBIs.

During the 2007 offseason, the White Sox traded Carter to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Carlos Quentin.[4]

Oakland Athletics (2010–2012)

Carter with the Athletics in 2012

Two weeks after he was traded to Arizona, the Diamondbacks traded Carter, Carlos González, Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Greg Smith, and Dana Eveland to the Oakland Athletics for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson.[5] He played for the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League in the 2008 season where he hit 39 home runs and had 104 RBIs. Carter was named the California League Rookie of the Year for the 2008 season.[6] In 2009, Carter split time between the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League and the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), 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.[7] Also in 2008 and 2009, Carter was the Oakland Athletics' Minor League Player of Year.[8]

Carter was placed on the A's 40-man roster on November 20, 2009.[9] In 2009, he was named the This Year in Minor League Baseball Awards "Overall Hitter of The Year".[8] On August 9, 2010, Carter was promoted to Oakland and went 0–for–3 in his first game. On August 16, Carter was demoted to Sacramento after starting his career 0–for–19 with 12 strikeouts. After the AAA season ended, Carter was recalled to Oakland. On September 20, he snapped his 0–for–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.[10] He played in the Venezuelan Winter League upon completion of the 2010 season.[11] He hit .136 in 15 MLB games the next year, spending most of that season in the Athletics' 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.[12]

Houston Astros (2013–2015)

After the 2012 season, the Athletics traded Carter to the Houston Astros with Brad Peacock and Max Stassi for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.[13]

Carter with the Astros in 2013

During the 2013 season, Carter played 148 games batting .223 with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, and struck out an MLB-leading 212 times.[10] He became only the fourth player to strikeout 200 times in a season, with only Mark Reynolds having more strikeouts as a right-handed hitter.[14]

Carter with the Astros in 2014

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.[10] On January 14, 2015, Carter and the Astros agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.175 million, avoiding arbitration.[15]

Carter had a disappointing 2015 season for the Astros. He was the team's starting first baseman, but hit only .199/.307/.427 in 129 games. For the season, he had the highest strikeout percentage among major leaguers against right-handed pitchers (35.6%).[16] However, he still managed to hit 24 home runs, and then hit .294 with a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the 2015 American League Division Series. At the conclusion of the 2015 season Carter was non-tendered by the Astros, and became a free agent.[17]

Milwaukee Brewers (2016)

Carter batting for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016

On January 6, 2016, Carter signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He posted a .321 on-base percentage and hit 41 home runs, leading the National League in 2016, while also leading the NL in at bats per home run (13.4) and games played (160).[18] However, he had a .222 batting average and led the league with 206 strikeouts, and had the lowest contact percentage on his swings in the major leagues (64.6%).[19][20] On defense, he led the NL in errors at first base (11). The Brewers did not tender Carter a contract for the 2017, making him a free agent.[21]

New York Yankees (2017)

On February 16, 2017, the New York Yankees signed Carter to a one-year contract, worth $3.5 million.[22] Carter batted .204 with eight home runs and 70 strikeouts before the Yankees designated him for assignment on June 24.[23] He was called back up by the Yankees on June 29 when his replacement at first base, Tyler Austin, landed on the disabled list.[24] On July 4, he was again designated for assignment, this time to make room for Ji-man Choi on the roster.[25] He was released on July 10. In 2017, he batted .201/.284/.370.

Return to the Oakland Athletics

Carter signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on July 21, 2017, and was assigned to the Nashville Sounds of the PCL.[26][27] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Los Angeles Angels

On February 18, 2018, Carter signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels.[28]

Minnesota Twins

On May 22, 2018, the Angels traded Carter to the Minnesota Twins for cash. The Twins then assigned him to the Rochester Red Wings.[29] He was released on July 7, 2018.

Acereros de Monclova

On February 13, 2019, Carter signed with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League.[30] In his first year with the club he led the league in Home runs (49) & RBIs (119), culminating in a victory in the Serie del Rey and the Acereros' first ever league championship. Carter did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the Mexican League season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[31]

Personal life

Carter's father, Vernon, played basketball for Rancho High School in North Las Vegas.[2] Carter is a car enthusiast. He owns a Shelby Super Snake.[1]

See also


  1. "Get to Know: Brewers first baseman Chris Carter". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  2. "Powerful Carter always had a single focus". August 13, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  3. "Hard work pays off for Sierra Vista". May 23, 2005. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  4. Merkin, Scott (December 3, 2007). "White Sox trade for outfielder Quentin". Chicago White Sox. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2008.
  5. "A's trade RHP Dan Haren to Arizona in eight player deal" (Press release). Oakland Athletics. December 14, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2008.
  6. "Trevor Cahill and Chris Carter named organizational players of the year" (Press release). Oakland Athletics. October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  7. "Chris Carter". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  8. Winston, Lisa (January 1, 2010). "A's Carter pays immediate dividends: Slugger earns MiLBY for Overall Minor League Hitter". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  9. "A's Add Four To 40-Man Roster". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  10. "Chris Carter Statistics and History". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  11. "Winter Plans". San Francisco Chronicle. September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  12. "Chris Carter Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  13. McTaggert, Brian (February 4, 2013). "Astros pick up three players in trade with A's". Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  14. "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Strikeouts".
  15. "Astros agree to $4,175,000 contract with Carter". Associated Press. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  16. Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  17. "Astros To Non-Tender Chris Carter". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  18. "Brewers sign Chris Carter". USAToday. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  19. Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Batters » Plate Discipline Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  20. "Ex-Brewers slugger Chris Carter may have to take his career to Japan - FOX Sports". January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  21. Todd, Jeff (November 28, 2016). "Brewers To Non-Tender Chris Carter". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  22. "Yankees sign Chris Carter to one-year deal". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  23. "Chris Carter designated for assignment; Yankees promote 1B Tyler Austin from minors". June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  24. "Chris Carter back with Yankees, Tyler Austin placed on disabled list". New York Daily News.
  25. "Yankees DFA Chris Carter again, call up Ji-Man Choi". NY Daily News. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  26. Thornburg, Chad (July 19, 2017). "A's reportedly reunite with slugger Carter". Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  27. Oakland Athletics sign Chris Carter to minor league deal
  28. Angels To Sign Chris Carter – MLB Trade Rumors
  29. "Twins Acquire Chris Carter". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  30. "Chris Carter se une a la Furia Azul" (in Spanish). February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  31. "Mexican League Cancels 2020 Season".
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