PP 2003 Scouting Report: OF, Matt Carson

Drafted by the Yankees out of Brigham Young University in the fifth round of the 2002 draft, Matt Carson has very good raw power, but has struggled to maintain consistency. When it comes to playing right field, a combination of an above-average arm and excellent range makes him a Gold Glove caliber defensive player. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics:
Name: Matthew Carson
Position: Right Field, Left Field
DOB: July 1, 1981
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Drafted in fifth round of 2002 draft by Yankees.

Matt spent the entire 2003 season with the Battle Creek Yankees and loved their home park, C.O. Brown Stadium (.285 at home, .232 on the road). He put together a great month of May, finishing at a .324 clip, but in June he saw himself hit just .145 (11-for-76) before rebounding in July with a .304 average.

One of his main weaknesses is his lack of patience -- he was one of seven players in the organization's minor league system that reached the century mark in strikeouts last season. In 432 at bats, he whiffed an even 100 and walked just 37 times. He needs to improve on pitch selection and identifying the strike zone.

During the season, he put together a total of 29 multi-hit games and had a career high 9-game hitting streak from May 12 - May 20. His final year at Brigham Young saw him voted All-Mountain West Conference, First Team and also to the All-Mountain West Tournament Team. Earned a tryout with 33 players for the USA National Team in 2001, but missed the cut at 22.

His defense is phenomenal, possessing an electric arm that dares people to run on him and has very good range. At Battle Creek he played 76 games in right field and 41 in left.















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* Stats as of 9/7/03

Batting and Power. He possesses good power, but will produce high strikeout numbers and doesn't have a great on-base percentage. If he can improve on his patience, he could be a .275 hitter on the major league level with 15-20 homers.

Base Running and Speed. Carson isn't a base stealer, having below-average speed.

Defense. He is something special on defense. He has an above-average arm that he displayed last year in Single-A and during his college career at BYU. Though he's not incredibly fast, he solid jumps on balls and has good range.

Projection. Right now, Carson is probably a solid fourth outfielder, but that could change if he is able to work on improving his knowledge of the strike zone.

ETA. 2006 is the most likely scenario, at the earliest, starting at A Tampa in 2004.


2003 Team

Mike Vento

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Mitch Jones

AA - Trenton Thunder

Kevin Reese

AA - Trenton Thunder

Kevin Thompson AA - Trenton Thunder
Tommy Winrow A - Tampa Yankees
Andy Brown A - Tampa Yankees
Bronson Sardinha A - Battle Creek Yankees
Rudy Guillen A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matt Carson A - Battle Creek Yankees
Erold Andrus A - Battle Creek Yankees
Melky Cabrera A - Staten Island Yankees
Edwar Gonzalez A - Staten Island Yankees
Edwin Cabrera R - GCL Yankees


As it is currently constituted, the New York Yankees outfield is as weak as it has been in recent years. Power has become a huge problem outside Sardinha, Guillen, and maybe Matt Carson. There are, though, a decent amount of quality defensive players that the organization really loves.

1. Bronson Sardinha - Moved from shortstop to left field where he continues to improve and has a good arm. Above-average runner who sprays the ball and projects to a 20-25 HR player.

2. Rudy Guillen - Collected forty-four extra-base hits (29 doubles, 4 triples, 13 homers) in 2003 while driving in 79. Excellent potential, is still young, and has the ability to hit for high average.

3. Kevin Thompson - Great defensive player who adds tons of speed (caught just 8 times in 55 attempts with the Thunder in 03‘). Doesn't strike out and is extremely patient.

4. Kevin Reese - Line drive hitter who can steal. Struggled with Columbus and was sent down to Trenton where he had a .272 average, .328 OBP, 27 steals in 32 attempts, and 13 doubles in 309 ABs. Lacks power.

5. Matt Carson - One of the top defensive players in the organization, but strikes out way too much (100 times in 432 ABs last year).

6. Mitch Jones - Hit or miss: 131 SO and 23 HR in 463 AB.

7. Jason Grove - Left-handed hitter doesn't have great power, but can hit for average.

8. Erold Andrus - Switch-hitter needs to improve judgment of the strike zone.

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