Monday afternoon, Chris Carter won the Texas League’s Most Valuable Player Award. It was a well-deserved win, but one could argue that he had already received the best possible reward for his stellar play: a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento, with a September appearance in Oakland not out of the question.
So Monday night, he went out there for Sacramento and celebrated in style, crushing three homeruns and driving in seven as the River Cats beat Reno, 17-6.
Carter hit a three-run homer in the first, a solo shot in the fifth, and another three-run bomb in the ninth. They were the first three Triple-A homeruns for the 22-year-old prospect and bumped his RBI total from five to twelve in six games. He nearly had a chance at a fourth homerun when Sacramento batted around in the ninth, but ended the game in the on-deck circle when Tommy Everidge flied out and Aaron Cunningham grounded out.
For the season, Carter now has 27 homeruns and 108 RBI in Double- and Triple-A.