|Houston Astros – No. 23|
|Outfielder / First baseman|
December 18, 1986 |
Redwood City, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 9, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through May 16, 2013)
|Runs batted in||68|
Carter was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Carter began his professional career with the Short-Season Bristol White Sox in 2005. He hit 10 home runs and had 37 runs batted in. He played for two teams in the 2006 season. The teams included the Pioneer League Great Falls White Sox and the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators. He had a combined total of 16 home runs and 63 runs batted in. He played for Kannapolis in the 2007 season where he hit 25 home runs and had 93 runs batted in. During the 2007 offseason, Carter was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Carlos Quentin.
Two weeks after he was traded to Arizona, Carter was traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of the package to bring Dan Haren to Arizona. He played for the Stockton Ports in the 2008 season where he hit 39 home runs and had 104 runs batted in. Carter was named the California League Rookie of the Year for the 2008 season. In 2009, Carter split time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento, putting a .329 batting average (a 70 point increase from 2008), 28 homers and 115 RBIs combined. In 2008 and 2009, Baseball America ranked Carter as one of the top 10 prospects in the Athletics' organization. Also in 2008 and 2009, Carter was the Oakland Athletics' Minor League Player of Year. He was placed on the A's 40-man roster on November 20, 2009. In 2009, he was named the This Year in Minor League Baseball Awards "Overall Hitter of The Year".<reame=CarterPays/>
On August 9, 2010, Carter was promoted to Oakland and went 0–3 in his first game. On August 16, Carter was demoted to Triple-A Sacramento after starting his career 0–19 with 12 strikeouts. After the AAA season ended, Carter was recalled to Oakland. On September 20, he snapped his 0–33 streak with a single in the sixth inning.
On July 6, 2012 Carter hit his third home run of the season in a pinch hit appearance in the bottom of the 11th against the Seattle Mariners.
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