The Houston Astros constantly seem to improve even while they lose series after series. They might very well lose over 100 games this year but even so they are clearly a franchise moving upward. One main reason for that is Chris Carter who they got in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Carter had a good showing of power last year in limited play and has displayed the same this year. He is good and getting better.
His numbers look both good and bad. He has 17 homers and 44 RBI while scoring 40 runs as well. That is good run production when you add in a dozen doubles and a triple. That is the good of it. The not so good part is his batting average of .227 and his strikeout total of 117. It’s almost like whenever he does make contact, the ball goes somewhere very hard.
All kidding aside, his average being so low while having good run production is another sign of positive things to come in the future. He has to get more disciplined at the plate without a doubt. He will though. All good hitters improve with plate discipline the more at-bats they get. He still only has a few hundred in his Major League Baseball career.
Though he is still a baby in MLB terms, he is a big man as well with the way he puts numbers up. Last year’s sneak peek was nothing short of a foretelling of what was to come. It will be the same with the way this season leads into the next couple. Chances are within five years Carter will be one of the premier power hitters in the game.