Postseason Hero Evan Carter Still Qualifies For 2024 Rookie Honors

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By Dan Schlossberg

Evan Carter could enter the 2024 season as the front-runner for the American League’s Rookie of the Year award.

Say what?

Didn’t Carter play a significant role in the post-season that just wrapped?

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Postseason stud Evan Carter retains his rookie status for 2024.Photo byTexas Rangers

Carter, 21, was a September call-up who spent most of 2023 in Double-A. But he played 23 games for the Texas Rangers during their difficult stretch drive against the Houston Astros in the AL West and feasted on major-league pitching.

He hit .306, posted a .413 on-base percentage, and a .645 slugging percentage, smacking five home runs and supplying strong defense at all three outfield spots for Bruce Bochy.

The outfielder played in so few regular-season games (23) that he will keep his rookie designation right into next season.

But his playoff heroics were historic: he etched his name in the history books by setting postseason records with nine doubles — the ninth coming in the clincher in the seventh inning against Arizona's Zac Gallen. That set the table for Mitch Garver to drive in the eventual winning run in the next at-bat.

The Rangers rookie reached base in all 17 playoff games in which he appeared, hitting .300 with 10 walks and 18 hits.

Entering 2024, the outfielder has already experienced tight title races, a Game 7 playoff win on the road, an extra-inning World Series game, and numerous other twists and turns.

“His swing and his baseball skills are beyond his years,” Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien told Sports Illustrated.

He has the makings of a star — not surprising for someone who suggests that all the heroes of the Texas Rangers had stars pinned to their shirts.

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ covers baseball for forbes.com, Memories & Dreams, USA TODAY Sports Weekly, Sports Collectors Digest, and many other outlets. Email him at ballauthor@gmail.com.


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