The Astros need a lot of things; However, both casual fans and the diehard followers of Astros baseball can likely agree they need one in particular- power hitting. The addition to Chris Carter helps, Jonathan Singleton and George Springer could provide some pop down the road and the Martinii may have some untapped potential, but the squad still projects as one of the league's more punchless teams in 2013. But, they have the benefit of the first slot in the waiver order, and a power bat just hit the wire- the Mariners' Mike Carp. What could Carp bring to the Astros? Let's take a look.
A California high school star, Carp was drafted by the Mets in the 9th round of the 2004 draft and signed with the team. He wasn't known as a great athlete, but he had natural power and showed it instantly in the minors. After putting up 19 home runs in just over 300 at bats in his first taste of full season ball in 2005, Carp really put himself on the map as a sleeper as he moved to the Florida State League, which is known for being tough on power, and posted a .290/.382/.449 slash line with 16 home runs in 565 plate appearance, with 18.6% and 9.0% K and BB rates. However, his transition to the high minors took more time. As a 21 year old in AA, his strikeout and walk rates held steady but he hit just .251/.337/.387 with 11 bombs in 412 plate appearances despite his strikeouts and walks holding steady, and in 2008 the Mets assigned him to repeat AA. Taking his second crack at the league, Carp regained his stroke and posted a stellar .299/.403/.471 slash, cracking 15 dingers and walking at a stellar 14.0% walk rate vs. just striking out just 15.5% of the time.
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