Each and every Houston Astros player at Spring Training seems to have a skip in their step and a smile on their face this week. Manager Bo Porter is keeping things loose while also making it known that he is about fundamentals. The players are buying into what he’s selling and for good reason. One player ready and chomping at the bit to get this season started is Chris Carter.
Carter came over in the Jed Lowrie trade with the Oakland Athletics. Though Lowrie is certainly a quality player, this is one of those trades that winds up being good for both teams. For the Astros side of it, Carter is a great addition to a young team that is serious about rebuilding. Last season he had 16 homers and 39 runs batted in. That’s pretty good for a young player in his first full season – except that wasn’t a full season.
Those numbers weren’t with Carter playing in 162 games; they came in only 67 games. Yeah, that would be why he is itching to get this season started. If you project those numbers out over a full season, and why don’t we – just for fun, it comes out to around 38 big flies and 94 RBI. Astros fans, I’m sure you’re with me on this. It will be fun to watch what Chris Carter does in this, his first full-time season in the bigs.