“I think I learned a lot being around a little bit older guys,” Carter said. “Especially some of the college guys as far as the mental side of the game, keeping a level head throughout the whole season, ups and downs, you know, keeping your good going a little longer and your bad going a little bit shorter. So stuff like that probably helps a lot.”
It’s worked out for him so far.
Carter hit .295/.397/.489/.886 with 21 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 28 steals and 73 RBIs in his first full-length season in the Minors. He struggled with injuries throughout his debut season in 2021, but last year he jumped into MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 when the rankings were reworked midseason.
Carter’s promotion to Frisco on Sept. 13 helped that club to a Texas League championship, as he went 3-for-5 in the series-clinching win.
“It wasn't a hard adjustment,” Carter said of his promotion. “Baseball is baseball, and you just try not to let it get too big or too small or out of hand, I guess. It's the same game, though, that you played every level. So I just try to kind of keep it that way in the back of my head.”
Carter was one of nine players across Minor League Baseball to win a 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, becoming the second RoughRider in franchise history to win, after catcher Jose Trevino.
Carter spent 88 games in the outfield during the regular season, recording 182 putouts in 187 total chances (.973 fielding percentage), with three outfield assists. He started all four games in center field during the Riders’ championship run in the Texas League and recorded putouts on all seven chances.
Carter is currently the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers’ system, as ranked by MLB Pipeline, and the No. 56 overall prospect, but he figures to get a huge bump in the preseason re-ranking. With Josh Jung’s pending graduation from prospect status and Jack Leiter’s early struggles in pro ball, Carter is primed to be the Rangers’ top prospect come Spring Training.
“It helps validate the whole ‘baseball is baseball’ thing,” Carter said of his early success. “You don't really have to try and up your game or be better than what you've been doing. You just have to keep doing your same thing. It should translate over [to the next level].”