Scouting Report: Ezequiel Carrera

The New York Mets signed the young outfielder out of his native Venezuela in 2005. He followed up his impressive 2007 season in the rookie leagues with a well-rounded effort in St. Lucie, making believers of scouts both within and outside of the organization before he was traded away Wednesday for reliever J.J. Putz. Here is a scouting report on outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ezequiel Carrera
DOB: June 11, 1987
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Status: Free Agent Signing (2005) – Venezuela

Following a very fine 2007 season split between the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League in which he hit a combined .329 with one home run, 32 RBI and 22 stolen bases, center fielder Ezequiel Carrera really took on the mold of a future big leaguer. Coming off his 2007 campaign, expectations were that center fielder Ezequiel Carrera would emerge as one of the leading outfield contenders across the organization.

But the jump from Brooklyn to St. Lucie came with its adjustment period. The 21-year-old and 2005 free agent signing from Venezuela got off to a slow start in 2008, hitting just .244 through the first eight weeks of the season, but as the summer wore on the adjustments came swiftly, the production was in lock step, and Carrera began to fulfill those preseason expectations.

Following his comparatively slow first two months in which still notched nine doubles and five triples, he began to show his value as a leadoff hitter. Faced by adversity for the first time in his young career, he kept things simple and managed to hit his way out of a prolonged slump.

Thanks to his compact swing and steady discipline he ran his June batting average to .297 and cracked two home runs and legged out four more triple, assuming the role of catalyst as the ball club did everything possible to get its struggling offense going.

Carrera did just about anything possible with the bat this past season. He shortened up to find the holes in the defense or he would get his entire 175-pound frame behind his bat and drive the ball with authority for extra-base hits and surprising home run power, but when on base, he was a terror for opposing pitchers.

He did all he could to spark offense when on base whether it was stealing bases, taking extra bases or even occasionally gambling on run-scoring opportunities many would otherwise hesitate to take. It seemed the more activity on the diamond he involved himself in, the more production the club got out of Carrera.

"As our leadoff hitter, he really impressed me. I think he is a real good prospect and he [did] a lot of good and different things for our lineup. He's got the potential to be a weapon because of his ability to hit his way on base, and then once he's on base he can steal bases and make things happen with his legs," said St. Lucie hitting coach Mike Hart.

"He plays centerfield really well, covers lots of ground, and I think he's got the potential to be a real good hitter as he continues to move up. He's still really young but we like what we see so far from him."

He went on to record his best monthly batting of the season in July when he hit .329 with two home runs and ten RBI and a .405 on-base percentage. The length of the season seemed to catch up with Carrera in the final month as he hit just .218, but still managed to swat three additional home runs and three triples on his way towards a final total of a .263 average, seven home runs, 29 RBI and 28 stolen bases.

His full body of work generated a lot of buzz from scouts outside the organization and there is continued buzz about what Carrera will soon provide at the highest levels of this system and open doors in coming years.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2008

St. Lucie

.263

430

113

7

29

61

28

46

86

.344

.393

2007

Brooklyn

.300

70

21

0

6

41

6

4

13

.347

.329

2007

GCL

.341

179

61

1

26

41

16

16

29

.430

.436

2006

VSL

.301

216

65

1

19

41

22

16

28

.365

.380



Batting and Power: Carrera drop in average from .329 in 2007 to .263 this past season can be attributed to his added power, but he still has the quick, compact stroke and ability to hit secondary pitches that should boost his average back up in the future. His good balance and quick hands allow him to spray the ball line-to-line, but the muscle and strength he added heading into the 2008 season transformed him from a conventional slap-hitter to one with some deceptive power. He does not have much weight to get behind his swing, but seven home runs in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League with its typically big ballparks is feat in itself for the outfielder. He is sometimes addicted to hitting for power and cutting down on the "loud outs" will improve his average. As a leadoff hitter his bunting needs work, but he knows how to make consistent contact and draw a fair amount of walks which bode well for the future.

Base Running and Speed: Carrera is a plus runner but is a step or two behind being a full-fledged burner. His presence on the bases definitely gets the attention of opposing pitchers as he possesses a good first step and knows how to pick his pitch. His stolen base ratio sits just shy of 75 percent for his career, but has improved each year and that trend shows no sign of changing. He can cover huge amounts of ground in the outfield and his speed makes rather difficult plays look routine.

Defense: For the past three seasons, Carrera has been the best defensive center fielder at the lower levels of the farm. He often plays shallow in the outfield and though he moves very well and laterally tracks the ball well, he sometimes gets beat deep even if he makes the big play look easy. He boasts an average arm, but makes up for it with his throwing accuracy and speed in which he charges and gets rid of the ball.

Projection: Some scouts project Carrera at least as a fourth outfielder at the highest level, but if he can overcome his desire to hit for power and concentrate on his contact stroke, raise his batting average and maximize his speed and defense, he will have what it takes to remain an every day player. The fact that he had this kind of season mostly as a 20-year-old at the High-A level is a very good sign as he has a couple more years to strengthen his tools across the board. A log jam in the system and at the big league level may force the Mets to ultimately use him as a trading chip, but whether it is with the Mets or another club, Carrera should see a good chunk of time at the highest level.

ETA: 2010. The jump from short-season ball to St. Lucie has moved up his projection one season from this time last year and Carrera will begin the 2009 season with the Mariners' Double-A team. System congestion could factor into a delay of his debut, but at some point over the next two seasons, the Mariners will likely take advantage of his speed and defense.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Ezequiel Carrera
\r\nDOB: June 11, 1987
\r\nHeight: 5'11\"
\r\nWeight: 175
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Left
\r\nStatus: Free Agent Signing (2005) – Venezuela
\r\n
\r\nFollowing a very fine 2007 season split between the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League in which he hit a combined .329 with one home run, 32 RBI and 22 stolen bases, center fielder Ezequiel Carrera really took on the mold of a future big leaguer. Coming off his 2007 campaign, expectations were that center fielder Ezequiel Carrera would emerge as one of the leading outfield contenders across the organization.
\r\n
\r\nBut the jump from Brooklyn to St. Lucie came with its adjustment period. The 21-year-old and 2005 free agent signing from Venezuela got off to a slow start in 2008, hitting just .244 through the first eight weeks of the season, but as the summer wore on the adjustments came swiftly, the production was in lock step, and Carrera began to fulfill those preseason expectations.
\r\n
\r\nFollowing his comparatively slow first two months in which still notched nine doubles and five triples, he began to show his value as a leadoff hitter. Faced by adversity for the first time in his young career, he kept things simple and managed to hit his way out of a prolonged slump.
\r\n
\r\nThanks to his compact swing and steady discipline he ran his June batting average to .297 and cracked two home runs and legged out four more triple, assuming the role of catalyst as the ball club did everything possible to get its struggling offense going.
\r\n
\r\nCarrera did just about anything possible with the bat this past season. He shortened up to find the holes in the defense or he would get his entire 175-pound frame behind his bat and drive the ball with authority for extra-base hits and surprising home run power, but when on base, he was a terror for opposing pitchers.
\r\n
\r\nHe did all he could to spark offense when on base whether it was stealing bases, taking extra bases or even occasionally gambling on run-scoring opportunities many would otherwise hesitate to take. It seemed the more activity on the diamond he involved himself in, the more production the club got out of Carrera.
\r\n
\r\n\"As our leadoff hitter, he really impressed me. I think he is a real good prospect and he [did] a lot of good and different things for our lineup. He's got the potential to be a weapon because of his ability to hit his way on base, and then once he's on base he can steal bases and make things happen with his legs,\" said St. Lucie hitting coach Mike Hart.
\r\n
\r\n\"He plays centerfield really well, covers lots of ground, and I think he's got the potential to be a real good hitter as he continues to move up. He's still really young but we like what we see so far from him.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe went on to record his best monthly batting of the season in July when he hit .329 with two home runs and ten RBI and a .405 on-base percentage. The length of the season seemed to catch up with Carrera in the final month as he hit just .218, but still managed to swat three additional home runs and three triples on his way towards a final total of a .263 average, seven home runs, 29 RBI and 28 stolen bases.
\r\n
\r\nHis full body of work generated a lot of buzz from scouts outside the organization and there is continued buzz about what Carrera will soon provide at the highest levels of this system and open doors in coming years.
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\r\n HR

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R

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K

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\r\n 2008

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\r\n St. Lucie

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\r\n .263

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\r\n 430

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\r\n 113

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\r\n 7

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\r\n 29

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\r\n 28

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\r\n 70

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\r\n 21

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\r\n 6

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\r\n .347

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\r\n .329

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\r\n GCL

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\r\n .341

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\r\n 179

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\r\n 61

\r\n

\r\n 1

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\r\n 26

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\r\n 41

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\r\n 16

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\r\n 16

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\r\n .430

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\r\n .436

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\r\n .301

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\r\n 216

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\r\n 65

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\r\n 1

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\r\n 19

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\r\nBatting and Power: Carrera drop in average from .329 in 2007 to .263 this past season can be attributed to his added power, but he still has the quick, compact stroke and ability to hit secondary pitches that should boost his average back up in the future. His good balance and quick hands allow him to spray the ball line-to-line, but the muscle and strength he added heading into the 2008 season transformed him from a conventional slap-hitter to one with some deceptive power. He does not have much weight to get behind his swing, but seven home runs in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League with its typically big ballparks is feat in itself for the outfielder. He is sometimes addicted to hitting for power and cutting down on the \"loud outs\" will improve his average. As a leadoff hitter his bunting needs work, but he knows how to make consistent contact and draw a fair amount of walks which bode well for the future.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed: Carrera is a plus runner but is a step or two behind being a full-fledged burner. His presence on the bases definitely gets the attention of opposing pitchers as he possesses a good first step and knows how to pick his pitch. His stolen base ratio sits just shy of 75 percent for his career, but has improved each year and that trend shows no sign of changing. He can cover huge amounts of ground in the outfield and his speed makes rather difficult plays look routine.
\r\n
\r\nDefense: For the past three seasons, Carrera has been the best defensive center fielder at the lower levels of the farm. He often plays shallow in the outfield and though he moves very well and laterally tracks the ball well, he sometimes gets beat deep even if he makes the big play look easy. He boasts an average arm, but makes up for it with his throwing accuracy and speed in which he charges and gets rid of the ball.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: Some scouts project Carrera at least as a fourth outfielder at the highest level, but if he can overcome his desire to hit for power and concentrate on his contact stroke, raise his batting average and maximize his speed and defense, he will have what it takes to remain an every day player. The fact that he had this kind of season mostly as a 20-year-old at the High-A level is a very good sign as he has a couple more years to strengthen his tools across the board. A log jam in the system and at the big league level may force the Mets to ultimately use him as a trading chip, but whether it is with the Mets or another club, Carrera should see a good chunk of time at the highest level.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2010. The jump from short-season ball to St. Lucie has moved up his projection one season from this time last year and Carrera will begin the 2009 season with the Mariners' Double-A team. System congestion could factor into a delay of his debut, but at some point over the next two seasons, the Mariners will likely take advantage of his speed and defense.
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