His Spring numbers the last three years are gaudy...in fact they're downright fantastic.
Two years ago Carter had a very nice spring, finishing with an .893 OPS and hitting .371...at the time I'm sure he was convinced the big leagues were right around the corner. He did get his September cup of coffee, and he responded well to the challenge, hitting .333 in 18 at-bats.
A year ago Carter came to camp on a mission and slugged to the tune of a 1.038 OPS, which led to him breaking camp with the big club. Unfortunately, he only lasted 4 games with the Red Sox for a total of 5 at-bats.
Not to be deterred, Carter dutifully went to AAA Pawtucket and put up yet another outstanding year offensively.
Which brings us to 2010--and the Mets--and Spring Training--and Carter--and...
Another amazing spring, only this time it's even better. Carter is sporting an off-the-charts 1.621 OPS--that's like Pujols on Steroids (figure of speech Albert, don't cry).
The question for Carter is what will be the outcome of another spring in which he is basically the best hitter in camp?
Right now he seems to the clear "26th man" in the minds of Mets management and destined to shuffle off to Buffalo. It's a shame, because he certainly has the type of bat that could help the club.
CHRIS CARTER SPRING TRAINING STATS -- LAST THREE SEASONS