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For the player of the same name in the Oakland Athletics organization, see Christopher Carter.

William Christopher Carter (born September 16, 1982 in Fremont, California) is a Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder for the Boston Red Sox organization. He goes by the name Chris Carter.

High School[]

Carter attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California, and graduated in 2001. He hit for a batting average of .571 and lead the league in home runs as a senior, and was named his team's MVP. He also was named a 2001 Preseason First Team All-American by Baseball America and Bay Valley Athletic League MVP in 2001.

He was twice selected as North Coast Section High School Sports Focus Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2000, '01) and earned honorable mention All-American honors from USA Today as a junior in 2000.

His father, Bill Carter, was his high school coach.[1]


Carter attended Stanford University, majoring in human biology. He was awarded Stanford's Most Valuable Freshman Award in 2002 and helped the Cardinals to the final eight in the 2002 College World Series and 2003 College World Series. He was mainly a designated hitter for the team, and played some outfield as well.[2][3]

Minor Leagues[]

Carter was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th Round (506th overall) of the 2004 Amateur Draft.

In 2004, Carter played for the Single-A Yakima Bears and South Bend Silver Hawks. In 2005, he played for the Single-A Lancaster JetHawks and Double-A Tennessee Smokies. In 2006 and 2007, Carter played for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders.

After expressing a desire to be traded,[4] the Diamondbacks traded Carter on August 21, 2007, to the Washington Nationals for Emiliano Fruto. He was subsequently sent to the Red Sox as the player to be named later in the August 17 trade of Wily Mo Peña from the Red Sox to the Nationals.[5][6] After the trade, Carter was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

On November 20, 2007, Carter was placed on the Red Sox 40-man roster.[7]

Carter made his Major League debut on June 5, 2008. He went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, after entering the game after Coco Crisp was ejected in the 2nd inning.

Major Leagues[]

On June 3, 2008, Carter was recalled by the Boston Red Sox.
On June 5, 2008, Carter got his first major league hit off Grant Balfour.


  • 2004 - Short-Season A All-Star DH, Northwest League All-Star DH
  • 09/01/2004 - NOR Post-Season All-Star
  • 11/01/2004 - Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star
  • 07/24/2005 - California League Player of the Week
  • 06/11/2006 - Pacific Coast League Player of the Week
  • 04/23/2007 - Pacific Coast League Player of the Week


  1. Chris Carter profile. Stanford University (2004-09-30). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  2. Janelle Kwietkauski (2004-05-11). Chris Carter: Strong Character Shines Through. Stanford University. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  3. Chris Carter profile. Stanford University (2004-09-30). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  4. Ken Brazzle (2007-08-22). 'Winder's Carter traded to Nationals, then to Red Sox. Tucson Citizen. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  5. Alex McPhillips (2007-08-17). Sox trade Pena to Nationals: Club sends outfielder and cash for player to be named. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  6. David Lefort (2007-08-21). Red Sox get Carter. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  7. #31 Chris Carter. (2008-03-01). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.

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