The Oakland Athletics are hopeful that Chris Carter is their first baseman of the future, but the Las Vegan has been inconsistent in his first season at the Triple-A level.
Carter, a 2005 Sierra Vista High School graduate, will be back in town June 22-25 when the Sacramento River Cats play the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field. While the 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound slugger leads Sacramento with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs this season, he is hitting just .243 and leads the Pacific Coast League with 70 strikeouts (through June 14).
Carter, 23, was named the top player in the Oakland organization the previous two seasons, when he combined for 67 homers and 219 RBIs, but he also struck out 289 times in those two years.
While the A’s are lacking power in their lineup, Carter’s inconsistency has kept them from calling him up to the majors. Carter missed the River Cats’ game on June 13 after getting hit by a pitch the day before, but he should be ready to go against the 51s.