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Player Profile: Ben Carhart

In February of 2015, our Ryan Magnuson sat down and talked with Chicago Cubs prospect Ben Carhart. At the time, Carhart was getting ready for his fourth professional season.

Ben has worked his way around a baseball diamond already in his short career, having gained experience at first base, third base, catcher and even a little designated hitter. Catcher is primarily the position the Cubs have wanted for Carhart, and he embraced that role fully in 2015. He played 21 games there for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Cubs’ new Carolina League affiliate of the Class A-Advanced league as of 2015.

He played down a level in 2014 for the Kane County Cougars in order to learn the position under manager and former MLB catcher Mark Johnson.

Johnson and Carhart were able to continue their relationship of working together as Johnson was named manager of the Pelicans for 2015. It was an invaluable intangible for Carhart, who had previously spoken to learning a lot from Johnson and about the position.

Of course, Carhart is still transitioning in the Minor Leagues. Among the aspects of Carhart’s game that stands out is his hitting. As Magnuson pointed out in February, it was an aspect Carhart himself wanted to focus on heading into 2015, including “getting on base” and “putting together quality at-bats.”

Focusing on these small things are crucial for baseball players and vital to their success, which speaks to Carhart’s desire to be great.

Ben has always demonstrated strong discipline at the plate, and that shined again in 2015. He only played 44 games for Myrtle Beach as he missed two months due to injury, but he drew 14 walks while striking out only 24 times. His seven home runs were the most among his professional career to date, and a fine week in August earned him Player of the Week honors.

Right away, the aspect of playing multiple positions, as well as showing patience at the plate, speaks to the value which Carhart brings to a future MLB roster. Although his time in the Major Leagues may be a few years away, he could be a solution for the Cubs as a super-utility man. He’s the kind of player Joe Maddon loves to have on his teams, and his ability to play multiple positions allows the utilization of many contributors in many aspects of the game.

Ben Carhart is another one of the solid prospects the Cubs feature and it only seems like a matter of time before we start hearing more about him, and his impending arrival into the big leagues.

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