The Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester has released first baseman Chris Carter, according to Nate Rowan of the Rochester Red Wings PR department (Twitter link). The move was made to accommodate outfielder Jon Kemmer, who acquired by the Twins yesterday in a minor league deal with the Astros.
Carter was picked up in a trade with the Angels in late May, as the Twins were looking to add to their first base depth while Joe Mauer was on the disabled list. Through 144 PA for Rochester, Carter showed a little of his former pop but not much else at the plate, hitting only .187/.299/.423 with seven homers and 43 strikeouts.
Those types of all-or-nothing results defined Carter’s eight seasons in the Major Leagues, as the slugger collected 158 homers and 951 whiffs over 2853 career PA with the A’s, Astros, Brewers, and Yankees from 2010-17. Carter never really generated the type of on-base numbers (career .312 OBP) to become even a three-true outcomes type of player, though he was still a solidly above-average offensive producer for much of his career, posting an 116 OPS+ from 2012-16.
Carter is still less than two full seasons removed from a National League-leading 41 homers for the Brewers, though his increasing arbitration cost led Milwaukee to surprisingly not tender him a contract. He signed with the Yankees prior to the 2017 season but struggled over 208 PA, and Carter hasn’t since returned to the majors. Carter’s track record will likely led to a minor league deal with another organization, though it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever again get an extended chance at the big league level given his one-dimensional game.