The buzz about the power of Chris Carter was more than noticeable as he prepared for his first full season in Major League Baseball with a new team. Houston Astros were a perfect fit for the young slugger as he starts to come into his potential nicely. All of the hype that came with him would have been tough to worry about loving up to. Carter had no problem with it though as he more than lived up to the hype, making Astros management and fans anxious for his second full season in 2014.
Like any young player his good performance comes along with a few things that he needs to work on. His strikeouts are over 200 for the season which is a big high. That leads to the low average of .226 for the full year. Those things are usually the kinds that work themselves out as he gains more at-bats at the MLB level. I feel sure that the Astros will see improvement in both areas in 2014.
The question then becomes how good can Carter be with his power if he is making contact more often? Predictions would be ridiculous at this point but you would have to imagine his home runs per at-bat going down slightly if he is making more contact. Still with an average closer to .260 instead of .226 he would probably be looking at around 35 to 40 homers and his RBI total could easily be over 100 if the men around him were on base more often. Without a doubt Carter will be one to watch in 2014.