Back in March, we tabbed Carlson as a potential breakout candidate in our Cardinals Organizational Review after he slashed .253/.352/.411 in the second half of 2018 as a teenager in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. That is exactly what this year has been for the 20-year-old outfielder, named an all-star in the Texas League after slashing .286/.369/.512 in his first 65 games.
An athletic 6-foot-3, the switch-hitting Carlson has intriguing power potential from both sides of the plate. He’s a very selective hitter that consistently works at-bats and draws walks, something he will only do more of with age. Despite some length to the swing, Carlson doesn’t strike out much and projects to hit for more average as he keeps developing two different swings. He has spent most time this year in CF, though at his size, it’s likely he moves to a corner down the road.