Homeruns are nothing new for Carter. Last season, Carter hit 25 homers for the Chicago White Sox's Low-A Kannapolis squad and in 319 career minor league games, Carter has hit 62 homers.
"I'm not up there trying to hit homeruns. I'm looking for a good pitch and am trying to hit the ball as hard as possible," Carter said.
|A number of Carter's homers have been of the tape-measure variety.|
"The first time, I was like, ‘okay, it's a righty-lefty thing,' but the second time I couldn't really understand why they did it. It worked out for us, though," Carter said laughing.
Carter has been sharing time at first base and at DH this season with Doolittle, who was the A's second pick in the 2007 draft. The two have combined to hit 23 homers and drive-in 72 runs in the middle of the Ports' line-up. Being a DH can be a hard adjustment for a young player who is used to playing in the field, but Carter has handled those duties well.
|Carter has spent time at first and DH this season.|
"I try to stay focused on the game [in-between at-bats] and try not to let my mind wander."
Carter had a lot to think about this off-season, when he was dealt twice in the span of only two weeks. The first deal came on December 3rd, when Carter was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Carlos Quentin. Two weeks later, Carter discovered that he was being traded again, this time to Oakland as part of the Dan Haren trade.
"I didn't know what was going on [this off-season]. It was like, ‘oh, you got traded to the Diamondbacks,' and then a couple of weeks later, I got a call saying I was traded to the A's. I kind of like, ‘alright.' You just roll with it," Carter said.
The transition into the A's system was made easier for Carter by virtue of the fact that the A's acquired a number of former White Sox farmhands this off-season, including Archie Gilbert and Fautino De Los Santos, both of whom started the season with Carter in Stockton.
"It's a real nice change coming over here. I like the feel here," Carter said.
The Stockton Ports like the feel of having Carter's power in the middle of their line-up, as well.