Bears Chris Carter Promoted to Class A South Bend
8/31/2004 - A day after making the 2004 Northwest League Postseason All-Star Team as the DH, Chris Carter has been promoted by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Low A South Bend Silver Hawks, the Diamondbacks Single A affiliate in the Midwest League. Carter finishes his season with a .335 batting average, 15 HR, 63 RBI, a .576 slugging percentage, and a .436 OBP in 70 games for the Bears this season. He is the only player to play each of the first 70 games in a Yakima Bears uniform in 2004. The Silver Hawks have qualified for the Midwest League playoffs after winning the first half title.
Carter leaves the Bears after one of the best seasons in the fifteen years of the current Yakima Bears franchise. He is the Bears single season all-time Leader in RBI with 63, beating Murph Proctor’s 1991 mark of 61. Carter leaves Yakima second All-Time with a .335 batting average, trailing only Chris Latham’s record set in 1994 of .340. His 15 homeruns are tied for second in Bears history with Jamie D’Antona who hit 15 homers in 2003, trailing only Lamont Matthews who hit 17 roundtrippers in 1999. He sets a new slugging percentage record with a .576 mark, destroying the old record of .533. He had 86 hits which is third in Bears history, scored 47 runs (10th), and
owned a .436 on-base percentage (3rd).
Carter currently leads the Northwest League in RBI and hits, is third in batting average, second in homeruns, and second in on-base percentage. The 17th Rounder out of Stanford University committed just three errors this season in 45 games in the field.