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Evan Carter’s plate discipline draws comparison to a former MVP

(AP photo/David J. Phillip)


ARLIINGTON — An 0-for-15 stretch to open the season didn’t shift Evan Carter into panic mode.

The Rangers rookie outfielder was taking his walks and not chasing pitches in an effort to snap his skid. He has level-headed as 10-year veteran and knew a batted ball would eventually find some outfield grass.

“If four or five games without a hit and throwing in six walks is the worst my career gets, it’s going to be amazing,” Carter said.

He entered Saturday with a league-leading seven walks and a .105 average, which looks a lot better in a box score than .000. The Rangers never flinched because of the remarkable plate discipline the 21-year-old continues to show.

It’s MVP-caliber discipline.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Thomas April 7, 2024

    Bradford has that extra movement on fastbalk

    1. Jeff Wilson April 7, 2024

      I noticed it a few times, too. Just enough late movement to miss the barrel.

  2. Stirfry April 7, 2024

    So who is the former MVP he is being compared to again? And by whom?

    1. Jeff Wilson April 7, 2024


      $5.99 a month or $60 a year. It’s good stuff.

  3. deGrom Texas Ranger April 8, 2024

    The only top prospect in recent memory who hasn’t drawn an exaggerated comparison has been Wyatt Langford. The rest are way out there. I remember Correa to Arod, Yu to Pedro by Pedro himself, Ragans to Hamels, etc.


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