CARTER BINS, CATCHER
|Born: October 7, 1998
Drafted: 11th Round, 336th Overall, 2019 (Mariners)
How Acquired: Trade (with Mariners)
College: California State University, Fresno
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Seattle drafted Bins in the 11th round as a college junior and paid him an above-slot bonus. He was athletic in college with good speed, but his build is heavier now. He has a strong arm and receiving skills that are considered potentially good but in need of some work. In the minors so far he’s had trouble with passed balls and errors. At the plate, Bins has above-average raw power with a patient approach that leads to high walk and strikeout rates. According to FanGraphs he has plus bat speed, while Baseball America states that his bat speed is below average.
Bins didn’t have a great debut overall, but certainly showed signs of becoming a three-true-outcomes hitter. He threw out 50% of base stealers. Baseball America and FanGraphs both ranked him 29th in a very deep Seattle system.
The pandemic wiped out Bins’ season.
Bins went to high A and had a much stronger season. He still struck out a lot, but hit for power and average, and drew a great many walks. His CS% dropped to just 16%. He advanced significantly in prospect observers’ evaluations; BA stated that he would have ranked 11th in the Seattle system. Bins got a mid-season promotion to AA and was traded to the Pirates soon after.
Bins should step in at Altoona, which will help a lot as the Pirates have no catching prospects above low A. Also helpful is the fact that, unlike many of their recent acquisitions, he won’t be eligible for the Rule 5 draft right away.
|2021: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $350,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 35th round, 1037th overall pick.
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 11th round, 336th overall pick; signed on June 8.
July 27, 2021: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with Joaquin Tejeda to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tyler Anderson.