#30 – RHP Nicholas Carr

Bats/Throws: R/Rcarr-leg-kick

Height/Weight: 6’1”

Acquired: 41st Rd 2005 (College of Southern Idaho)

Born: 4/19/87 (Bakersfield, CA)

Why Ranked Here: Carr has plus MLB fastball velocity, sitting 92, 93 while touching 95. At times, the fastball showed fine armside run, although Carr had trouble commanding the offering. Carr’s slider has average velocity, but the break is inconsistent. Much of Carr’s struggle to locate both his heater and slider came from his trouble repeating his delivery. Much of the year, he fought his own tendancy to fly open too early. (I wrote about this at length here.) Carr finished 2008 by firing off 12 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts against just three walks.

2008: Carr jumped from Brooklyn to St. Lucie and struggled posting a 7.19 ERA through June 5th, when he was sent down to Savannah. As a Gnat in June, Carr attacked the strike zone better as evidenced by his dramatically lower walk rate. Returned to the FSL for July, Carr’s 4.70 ERA was better than in his first two FSL months. On August 16, Carr won his first FSL game of the year, exactly two months after his last victory in the SAL. Carr really did seem to figure out the FSL right at the very end of the season.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Carr’s superior fastball gives him a plus MLB pitch and means that the Mets can be patient with him while he shores up his mechanics on his way to a role as a bullpen asset.

On the Flipside: Until Carr repeats his delivery consistently, arm strength alone will not be enough. Carr appears ticketed for the bullpen eventually because his changeup is hard at 84 and lacked deception because he slowed his armspeed.

Projected 2009 Start: St. Lucie. Is now the time to make the move to the bullpen?