The Texas Rangers should not discuss trading Evan Carter
Evan Carter is a scouting triumph of the Texas Rangers. He was a second round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. He was not ranked among the top 200 players by MLB Pipeline or the top 500 players by Baseball America. The Rangers were roundly criticized on the ESPN broadcast of the draft as expert after expert had no idea who Carter was. He was a high school senior out of Tennessee and due to the pandemic had his senior season cut short. The Rangers' scouts had seen enough in the few games he did play that they recommended he be taken in the second round. Carter has rewarded that faith by now being ranked as the Texas Rangers' number one prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Carter is a center fielder who won a Minor-League Gold Glove for his play in 2022. He is still just 20 years old and is already at Double-A Frisco. He is a professional on-base machine. His approach is mature beyond his years. He has had a near .400 on-base percentage every year of his career. This season it is at .405 as he has drawn 35 walks in just 44 games. He is doing things that very few minor leaguers do. His ability to combine that with a bat that can hit 20-30 home runs is what will make him a future All-Star.
The Rangers may have solved center field for the future with how Leody Taveras is performing, but left field is still an issue and Evan Carter might be your opening-day left fielder in 2024. They absolutely have to hold onto him and let him continue to develop throughout this season. He is a part of that core that will allow the Rangers to spend free-agent dollars elsewhere.