Sep 6, 2015

Former Mets Outfielder: Chris Carter (2010)

William Chris Carter was born on September 16th, 1982 in Fremont, California. The six foot left hand hitting Carter attended Stanford University & was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round of the 2004 draft.

He had a big minor league year in 2005 hitting 21 HRs with 85 RBIS at A ball Lancaster. He was pushed up to AA Tenesse where he hit 10 HRs in 36 games. In 2006 he then hit .301 with 19 HRs & 97 RBIs in the Pacific Coast League at Tuscon. He was batting .324 in 2007 when he was traded twice on the same day, first to the Washington Nationals & then to the Boston Red Sox. He continued hitting well at the minor league level, batting .300 with 24 HRs & 81 RBIs at AAA Pawtucket in 2008.

He got a June call up to the Red Sox to replace an injured David Ortiz. He debuted as a pinch runner for Coco Crisp & then got a base hit in his first MLB at bat. He was sent back down to Pawtucket returning to Boston in June. In 2009 he was back at AAA Pawtucket where he led the team in HRs (16) & RBIs (61) while batting .294. He made another brief appearance with the Red Sox going 0-6. In October 2009 he was sent to the New York Mets as a player to be named later in the deal that sent Billy Wagner to Boston.

Carter debuted with the Mets on May 11th at Citi Field where he had a pinch hit RBI double in a game against the Washington Nationals. Later that same week he had another pinch hit in Florida against the Marlins. The next day he got his first start as a Met, playing in right field & hitting in the cleanup spot. He then hit safely in three games raising his average above .300.

In June during an inter league series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Carter played in two games hitting a HR while driving in three runs in each game. Carter was used often as a pinch hitter gathering up 16 pinch hits in that role. On August 3rd he had an RBI pinch hit against the Atlanta Braves; Kyle Farnsworth tying up a game that the Mets eventually went on to win.

On August 20th he hit a two run HR against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On October 2nd he hit his last career MLB HR to date, a two run pinch hit shot at Citi Field, against the Washington Nats.

On the season Carter got into 100 games batting .263 with 44 hits nine doubles 4 HRs & 24 RBIs in 167 at bats. In the outfield he played in 30 games making no errors with 30 put outs & a perfect fielding % (.1000%).

In December he was granted free agency, & signed with the Tampa Rays. In 2011 he played at AAA Durham batting .270 with 10 HRs but was released. He then signed with the Atlanta Braves playing in 23 games for AAA Gwinett in 2011. 

In 2012 & 2013 he signed on to play in Japan, for the Seibu Lions.

In his three year MLB career, Carter hit .263 with 50 hits, 4 HRs 9 doubles & 28 RBIs in 113 games. 

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