Batting ninth LF: Evan Carter
The rookie sensation who stood out among players much more experienced than him is in my dream outfield as the left fielder. He made several excellent plays throughout the postseason including the catch at the wall that led to Jose Altuve being doubled off in game one of the ALCS. He had more doubles in a postseason than anyone in baseball history with nine. He did this all while having just turned 21 and barely any games played above Double-A. His ceiling is astronomically high. His pitch recognition ability is already among the best in all of baseball. The one flaw he has is his struggles against left-handed pitchers.
Carter is one of the rare top prospects who actually lives up to the billing. He was rated as a top 10 prospect for much of the 2023 season and was Texas' top overall prospect for the entire season. If not for Garcia's patellar tendon injury suffered in September there is a good chance that Carter is not called up at all. It was a unfortunate injury for Garcia that had a fortunate outcome for the Texas Rangers. Carter immediately came up and made a difference.
Carter played in 23 games in the regular seaon and finished with a .306 batting average, five home runs, 12 RBIs, and a 1.058 OPS. Then he just continued to play well throughout the postseason. He worked his way from ninth in the lineup, to fifth, to third, and even hit cleanup in the World Series. Bochy immediately trusted the 21-year phenom. Of course I will trust Carter as well and he will be in the dream lineup, playing left field, and hitting ninth.