I've had several requests for a look at new Houston Astros slugger Vernon Christopher Carter, who is no longer a rookie or prospect of course but is nonetheless intriguing.

I decided to do this Retrospective a little differently than most, looking back at all the reports about Carter that I've written over the last six years and putting them here for you to see, rather than just summarizing them. The purpose here is for you to see how my analysis of Carter changed over the years.

After this I'll take a look at where I think he currently stands and make a totally insane prediction.

Carter began his career in 2005 as a third baseman in the Appalachian League, and that is where our story begins.