Chris Carter, 23, is a slugging first baseman in the Oakland A’s organization who is considered the #1 A’s prospect, according to Baseball America.
The 6′ 5″ slugger was the prize prospect acquired in the trade that sent Dan Haren to Arizona. Carter has been tagged as having the ability to produce at a similar level to Jermaine Dye. That means Carter is capable of 30 homers per year.
Carter has certainly proven himself in the minors. In 2008, Carter hit 39 dingers in the California League for the Stockton Ports. His 104 RBI helped Carter earn Rookie of the Year honors in ’08.
He followed that year up by hitting .329 with 28 homers and 115 RBI combined at Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento in 2009. Carter led the entire minor leagues last year in hits and total bases.
There’s no doubt that the A’s see Carter as their first baseman of the future. Oakland dealt its other top prospect, Brett Wallace, a third baseman/first baseman this past off season to clear the path for Carter. Current starting first baseman Daric Barton has just 2 homeruns and 18 in his career; Barton’s 9 homers in 2008 is his best ever year.
Chris Carter has prodigious power; light tower bashing power. With Oakland in desperate need of some hitting to go with a promising pitching staff, Chris Carter is worth a reserve spot in AL-only leagues at this point in the 2010 fantasy baseball season. If you have a spot available, he could help your fantasy baseball team in August or September when he gets a call up.