The White Sox brought back a familiar minor league face recently, signing RHP Will Carter to a minor league deal. This move was made official by the organization, who has since assigned the righty to Triple-A Charlotte.
Carter, 29, was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 35th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and again in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Yankees – with whom he would eventually sign. He spent 2015-19 with the Yankees, rising all the way to Triple-A before departing via the minor league Rule 5 Draft in 2019. His best season in New York came during his 2017 Double-A campaign, when he posted a 3.26 ERA in 47 innings with the Trenton Thunder.
Carter spent just two seasons in college: one at East Tenessee State and one at the University of Alabama. During the 2015 season at Alabama, Carter posted a 4-6 record and a 5.03 earned-run average in 13 games (11 starts). In 62.2 innings, Carter struck out 41 and walked 31.
In 2021 with the White Sox, Carter was 3-3 with a 5.02 ERA in a difficult pitcher’s park in Charlotte. He had a strikeout rate of 10.8 K/9 – the highest of his career. However, it came with a high 5.7 BB/9 – which has been a constant throughout Carter’s career. However, this career-high strikeout rate is something Carter and the White Sox are hoping to build off.
At this point, he is likely best served as minor league depth in the case of injuries at the major league level. It’s clear there are some tools there – let’s hope everything can finally click for Carter.
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