Originally written on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 11/27/11
About two weeks ago Sand Alderson was discussing his options for the bullpen and one of the names that came up was Robert Carson.  I was curious to find out more about a 22 y/o lefty, drafted in the 14th round of the 2007 draft, who hasn't been above AA and is now in the major league bullpen discussion. 

But the rest of the Opening Day bullpen remains unclear. Herrera is a candidate to crack the roster, as are Pedro Beato, Josh Stinson and hard-throwing prospect Robert Carson. source MLB.com 

Last year Carson was a starter for Binghamton AA, in 24 starts he produced a 5.05 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP, while SO 6.4 per 9 / BB 3.6 per 9 and a 1.65 SO/BB ratio. 


It appears that Carson is a fastball/slider (occasionally uses a change-up) power pitching lefty who projects to be a reliever.  Here are a few reviews from over the years...

While Robert Carson has been helped by a little luck (FIP is a run higher than his ERA), his one home run allowed in 92 1/3 inning of work, and 63% GB% are dominating statistics. In July, he has also shown the rates one would expect to see out of a top pitching prospect with a K% near 20% and a BB% just over 3%. While not a true top prospect yet, he’s well on his way to becoming a top 10 player in the Mets organization and may already be there. As for most young pitchers, Carson needs to become more consistent to harness his potential and a strong third offering will determine whether Carson can become a 200+ inning, back of the rotation bulldog, or two pitch stalwart out of the pen. With a 0.40 ERA versus lefties, he could probably have some success now as a LOOGY. source Scouting the Sally

Carson’s struggles are not related to arm strength, size, and physical ability, but are related to inconsistencies in his release point, secondary offerings, and command. The fact that Carson shows above average arm strength gives him a chance to be an effective big league pitcher. At times he showed some solid secondary offerings, but needs to get more consistent as he moves up the ladder. It is a rare thing to see such a big, physical, hard throwing left-hander not make it to the major leagues. source Mets Minor league blog

For even more See Mack's Mets Keepers on Robert Carson...
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