PITTSBURGH – Last year as a member of the Houston Astros, Chris Carter put the ball in play 263 times, consisting of 73 ground balls, 127 fly balls, 45 line drives, 11 infield fly balls and seven infield hits
Carter saw 1,963 pitches (1,196 strikes, 767 balls) that resulted in a batting line of .199/.307/.427. His strikeout rate was 32.8% to go along with a walk rate of 12.4%. His BABIP was .244.
These numbers further justify what we already know – Carter’s tag as a true three outcome player (home run, strikeout or walk) is highly accurate. Consider Carter’s at-bats resulted in a home run (24), strikeout (151) or walk (57) in 232 of his 460 plate appearances (or 50.4% of the time).
In the offseason, Carter was signed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract after the Astros declined to offer him a contract in December. After looking at his batting line from the previous year, coupled with Houston’s army of prospects ready to take over at first base it would seemingly make sense for the Astros to let Carter go.
And while Carter may be seen as nothing more than a stop gap for the rebuilding Brewers, the numbers show that Milwaukee could be in for a bargain at one-year, $2.5 million.