|The White Sox and Diamondbacks made their second young prospect-for-older prospect swap of 2007, with Chicago acquiring outfielder Carlos Quentin from Chicago for low Class A first baseman Chris Carter. In June, Chicago traded outfielder Aaron Cunningham to Arizona for second baseman Danny Richar.|
|The Big Leaguer|
|The Quentin era ended in Phoenix before it even began. Taken with the 29th pick in the 2003 draft from Stanford, Quentin had Tommy John surgery after signing for $1.1 million and did not suit up until 2004. When he did start playing, he started hitting, making short work of the high Class A California and Double-A Texas leagues in 2004, and reaching Triple-A in 2005, his second pro season. There Quentin stayed until July 2006, when the Diamondbacks called him to the big leagues at age 23. He hit .253/.342/.530 in 166 at-bats as a rookie, earning him first crack at the starting right field job in 2007. But he opened the year on the disabled list because of a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder, and didn’t hit upon his return—just .214/.298/.349 for Arizona. Quentin again hit the DL in early August when he strained his right hamstring. Even taking into account favorable hitting conditions, Quentin, 25, performed well in the minors—hitting .313/.413/.527 in 379 games—and he has enough arm and range for right field. He’s hit .230/.316/.425 with 14 home runs in 395 big league at-bats.|
|Carter, who will be 21 next year, hit .291/.383/. 522 for low Class A Kannapolis in 2007, finishing third in the South Atlantic League with 25 home runs and 93 RBIs. Taken as a third baseman from a Las Vegas high school in the 15th round of the 2005 draft, the righthanded-hitting Carter has shown average to above power and command of the strike zone in his three pro seasons. He’s a career .284/.373/.514 hitter.|
|Quentin’s days in Arizona appeared numbered when the Diamondbacks called 19-year-old top prospect Justin Upton to the big leagues in August. Because Arizona had committed to Chris Young in center and Eric Byrnes in left, Quentin was left with nowhere to play. In Chicago, Quentin will have ample opportunity to win the left-field job, seeing as the White Sox have just right fielder Jermaine Dye penciled in as a starter. Quentin likely will compete with Josh Fields and Ryan Sweeney for playing time.
Having dealt the other Chris Carter, the lefty-hitting first baseman/DH from Stanford, to the Red Sox in August, the Diamondbacks, as luck would have it, have acquired the other one. This Chris Carter has performed well thus far in three hitter’s leagues, and he’ll get a shot at a fourth next year when he heads to Visalia of the California League. His bat is promising enough, but he’s a long way from the big leagues.