2017 IBI Top 75 Prospects: #73 Jodd Carter

The 2017 IBI prospect countdown continues with another lower level outfield prospect who brings an interest mix of speed, defense and hitting, and should get an opportunity this season to get meaningful at bats and start to put it all together...

73. Jodd Carter - Outfielder

Born: 07/20/1996 – Height: 5’10” – Weight: 170 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Facts & Info: Carter was selected by the Indians in the 24th round of the 2014 Draft out of Hilo High School (HI), and signed for just under $100,000. He had a commitment to attend and play baseball at the University of Hawaii had he not signed with the Indians. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, which is the capital city of the Big Island.

Offense: Carter is a solid all-around player who is smaller in size with a solid frame that has room to add more strength as he matures. He shows some good bat-to-ball ability thanks to his very good hand-eye coordination and a nice, efficient bat path which combine together to get the barrel to the ball a lot and drive the ball to all fields. He is an advanced hitter for his age who brings a solid plan and approach to the plate and really shows a knack for the strike zone. He really sees the ball well and does a good job of recognizing offspeed, which combined with his bat-to-ball ability and strike zone awareness helps him limit strikeouts. The Indians have been impressed with the way he is rarely overmatched and how well he keeps himself under control. He is still maturing as a hitter and his power is beginning to surface a little, something the Indians saw a little more of last year as he showed a little more power and more intent to hit the ball into the gaps and do damage. The power is mostly just gap power at the moment, but the Indians believe there is some untapped power in there that can be brought out by some refinement with his swing and added maturity to where he could end up with fringe average power.

Defense: Carter has the athleticism, speed and arm to play all three outfield positions, though profiles best as an everyday player in the outfield corners. He’s only an average defender now, but there is some upside to be a solid average to above average defender at the outfield corners.  His good speed allows him to cover a good amount of ground and he features a slightly plus throwing arm. Center field is still a possibility as there is some upside for him at the position and he even logged a lot of time there last season at Low-A Lake County, but the Indians have a lot of high profile center field prospects which take greater priority so he will be limited in his chances to develop and play there.

Speed & Intangibles: Carter had some high grades with his speed coming out of the draft and has proven to be an above average runner. He has yet to show that speed in the stolen base department, but it shows when he runs the bases and moves in the outfield. He’s very coachable, shows a good aptitude when asked to make adjustments and displays a good work ethic.

Focus: As a smaller player, Carter’s tools will need to carry him. The Indians would like to see a little more consistency and impact with his bat. He has a tendency to expand the zone and be too aggressive, so the Indians would like him to show a little more control with his at bats by bringing the ball more into the zone. He shouldn’t have much problem hitting for average, but as a corner outfielder he needs to work on trying to create more energy to drive the ball and hit from a more solid base so he shows more power and his swing is more consistent. He needs to learn to swing with his legs and hips and really swing connected with his whole body to improve driving the ball so he can hit more doubles and home runs.

Future: Youth is still on Carter’s side as he will only turn 21 years old midway through the season; however, he has now been in the organization for three years, so it’s time for him to prove that he can perform and make some more significant strides with his development. His progress has been slow, but there is still some upside to him and the Indians are hopeful that he will begin to really put it together this season. The Indians have been conservative with him to this point and there is still no reason to rush him as he still needs time to develop and enhance his skills, but going forward they should start to be a little more aggressive with his assignment in the organization – something we saw last year with his assignment to all three Single-A levels. He should open the season at Low-A Lake County.

Rank History: #75 (2016)

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