It’s only been seven games, but Bryce Carter is already making an impact on the Oklahoma State baseball team.
The Stanford graduate transfer has provided some relief behind the plate for Colin Simpson to give one of the best catchers in the Big 12 to rest to stay fresh. It also doesn’t hurt to have two guys behind home plate that can also produce runs. Carter brings something to the table the Cowboys haven’t had in awhile, depth at catcher. Check out the arm on Carter in this play to help his pitcher get out of a jam.
Carter also has experience.
He contributed to a Stanford team that won the Pac-12 title and went to an NCAA regional in 2018. He knows what it takes to get there, and is a valued asset to a program that is expected to be there every year. That experience and patience has come in handy when Carter has been at the plate. He’s hitting .400 and has a .530 on-base percentage, along with five walks in 25 at-bats. That means he averaging a walk every fifth at-bat. Now, while it might not be against the greatest pitchers at this point, it does show Carter’s ability to be patient and wait for the right pitches to swing for contact.
Here’s some of Carter stats and where they rank on the team:
|Runs||5||ties for 2nd|
|Walks||5||ties for 2nd|
One thing to note about where Carter’s batting average ranks on the team, of the four players ahead of him, only Carson McCusker has been to the plate as much as Carter.
Another good stat for Carter? He has five runs and seven RBIs on the season, which ranks second on the team. And a majority came in clutch situations when the Cowboys had two outs. He’s contributed to 12 runs total whether it be him sliding into home or bringing in a teammate. That’s a * does basic math * fourth of the teams’ 48 total runs. That’s some major production that he’s adding. I think that’s something that the Pokes needed to get to the next level.
Carter has also been good with versatility, doing well at a couple different places in the lineup.
Now there is one thing Carter hasn’t done yet, showcase his power by hitting a home run. That has to be coming soon with the way he’s hitting.
Carter brings another good hitter that can give OSU solid at bats as designated hitter and in other spots in the lineup to compliment Christian Funk and Carson McCusker. That’s something that I think could help this team get where they want to be this year.
Carter might only be joining the Cowboys for one season, but it’s looking like he on pace to make it a memorable one.