Chris Carter, the A's soft-spoken first baseman who is listed at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, has waited a long time to find success at the big league level. For years, he slugged home runs off of Minor League pitching. In 826 contests while suiting up for the farm teams of the White Sox and A's, Carter trotted around the bases 182 times.
For some reason, however, he couldn't produce when he earned a promotion to the big league squad. In 24 games for Oakland in 2010, Carter hit just .186. He managed only six singles in 15 contests for the A's last season.
At last, Carter is contributing the way he knows he can. In 45 games with the A's this season, he's batting .259 with a .371 on-base percentage and 11 home runs and 27 RBIs.
"You bring up Chris Carter, hitting in the middle of the order, from the day he got here he was getting big hits for us," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's been a big pick-me-up."
Don't color Carter surprised by his recent production. His 11 home runs since June 29 rank tied for 10th most in the American League over that span.
"I've always been [able to do this], I just never really put it together here," Carter said. "It's finally coming together."