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A's send Chris Carter back to Triple-A with .000 average

Aug 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

Called up last week and handed the starting job in left field, 23-year-old Chris Carter went 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts while struggling defensively in his first taste of the majors and was sent back to Triple-A last night.
Conor Jackson and Travis Buck returning from the disabled list led to the move, but had Carter gone 10-for-19 instead of 0-for-19–or, say, 5-for-19 while looking less lost in the outfield–there’s a pretty decent chance he wouldn’t be heading back to Sacramento.
He’ll likely be recalled when rosters expand on September 1 and in the meantime the 6-foot-5 slugger is expected to continue playing left field at Triple-A. Carter looked very out of place as a left fielder to me, struggling to cover a ton of ground and showing poor instincts in the process, but the 0-for-19 isn’t a particularly big concern.
His strikeout totals in the minors are high enough to make Carter less than a sure thing to develop into an impact hitter, but he’s also drawn tons of walks while averaging 33 homers per 150 games in the minors, including 31 long balls in 127 games at Triple-A. He’ll be back and he’ll smack a bunch of homers for the A’s.

  1. BC - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    You can just hear the PA announcer:
    “Here’s Chris Carter….. he’s batting zero.”
    Poor guy.

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    He was definitely overmatched in his plate appearances, swinging at a lot of outside sliders that a major league hitter easily recognizes. There is a lot of concern in Oakland that for all the developing of pitchers, Oakland, in part because of player selection, in part because of a too passive plate philosophy, cannot develop hitters. We’ll see. But in Carter’s case he has a history of taking time to adjust to each new level. Aaron’s also correct in that he looked very iffy in left, clanging a bad one two days ago in Minnesota, and seeming tentative on most plays.

  3. JBerardi - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Oakland can’t develop hitters and can’t keep ANYONE healthy. That’s pretty much the whole reason they suck.

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