Baseball-Intellect’s Chris Eisenberg lists Oakland’s top prospects and a certain ex-Sox prospect is atop the list:
The biggest change from Carter’s 2008 season to his 2009 season is his batting average. Taking strikeouts and homeruns out of the equation, Carter’s BABIP went from .296 to .406. That .406 number is obviously unsustainable and there was plenty of luck involved in achieving that number. However, the improvement in BABIP is certainly real to a certain extent as all we have to do is look at his line drive percentage, which went from 7.6% all the way up to 24%. Almost all of those line drives came from the fly ball department. …
The prospect that the Sox traded to Arizona for Carlos Quinten two years ago and then Arizona traded to Oakland 10 days later? Well, John Sickels reviewed the prospects in Oakland’s minor-league system and gave Chris Carter an A- grade:
1) Chris Carter, 1B-OF, Grade A-: I just absolutely love this bat, enough to override the questions about defense and give him an A-. He added pure hitting skills to go with the power.
UPDATE: And Kevin Goldstein says Carter is a Five-Star prospect.
Kevin Goldstein gives us an update on the guy Kenny traded to get Carlos Quentin:
… one scout had more concerns about Carter’s propensity to swing and miss than anything positive to say, noting that he’s “so big and strong, and it is absolutely enormous power. But if the ball is not in his immediate bat path, he misses.” The scout added, “He’s bad at seeing the slider, and bad at laying off the slider, and that’s a very tough combination to overcome,” admitting there are some fears that Carter will be just an up-and-down player in the end. “He’s going to keep putting up big numbers, but he has holes above and below the barrel, and lots of areas that big-league pitchers can go to get him out. With what the A’s have done with Jack Cust, you’d never want to say never, but I think when he gets to the big leagues, he’s just going to strike out a ton.”