Dylan Carlson

Age: 21 (October 23, 1998) | 1677' 2" | 20126lbs. | Bats: Both Minors: of-118 lf-12 cf-95 rf-12 dh-7 ph-2
STL A 2018 13 47 5 11 10 10 3 0 2 9 2 0 .234 .368 .426 18 18 .257 n/a
STL A+ 2018 99 376 63 93 52 78 19 3 9 53 6 3 .247 .345 .386 12 18 .286 n/a
STL AA 2019 108 417 81 117 52 98 24 6 21 59 18 7 .281 .364 .518 11 20 .315 n/a
STL AAA 2019 18 72 14 26 6 18 4 2 5 9 2 1 .361 .418 .681 8 23 .429 n/a
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
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It makes sense, since there won't be a minor league season, for all the promising prospects, no matter how far down, to be on the taxi squad, it not the expanded active roster.

There will be a lot of 60-day ILs.

Carlson (OF) STL - May. 12


Carlson is considered "a lock" for the big-league club this coming regular season now that expanded rosters are strongly expected to be implemented, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Saxon adds that the one challenge attached to getting the promising 21-year-old into the big-league ranks this season is the fact he's not on the 40-man roster. That means bringing Carlson into the fold will necessitate another player being removed from the 40-man or getting placed on the 60-day injured list. Nevertheless, it appears highly likely the organization will opt to take this step, which will give Carlson a potential head start on a big-league career that otherwise may not have begun until September at the earliest if the season had unfolded normally. Although Carlson has only logged 79 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he's already made a significant impression  on the major-league coaching staff, including former outfielder Willie McGee. "Oh, man. Hits the ball hard from both sides of the plate. Runs better than it looks,"McGee said. "Outstanding outfielder. Just a good athlete. And the most impressive thing about him is that he's a lot more mature than his age. He's ahead of the game, mentally, knowing situations." 

Alex Patton Alex
May 13

In the old days, LynchMob would write down the second to last bidder on players he won at auction as possible trade partners for later in the season.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 24

I don't remember, I'm afraid. I've been afraid to ask if the auction records of bids are something Fantrax can let us have, mostly because I figure they don't keep them. In most cases, why should they? But I'm going to ask. I'm now unafraid. There is interesting info in their, stuff Alex has always tried to track, but doing it manually is kind of impossible beyond Nominated and Last Bid.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 22

Peter, was Brian Walton the one bidding against you in Tout for Carlson?

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 22

As the money was running down in CBS I realized he was available and tossed him out there - he went for $7 around the time I was able to get Pollock for $6.  I have no doubt if I'd tossed him a few rounds earlier he'd have broken into double digits.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 27

And more...

Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals — One of the most well-rounded outfielders in the minors, Carlson went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple for his first two extra-base hits of the spring. Carlson draws offensive comparisons to a switch-hitting version of Andre Ethier and Michael Conforto, with smooth hitting actions and good barrel awareness.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 27

More helium today, this time from BP, unveiling the top Cardinals prospects.

1. Dylan Carlson, OF
Height/Weight: 6’3” / 205 lbs
Drafted 33rd overall in the 2016 draft, Elk Grove HS (Elk Grove, CA); signed for $1.35 million
Previous Ranking(s): 
11th (Org)
2019 Stats: 
.281/.364/.518, 21 HR, 18 SB in 108 games for Double-A Springfield; .361/.418/.681, 5 HR, 2 SB in 18 games for Triple-A Memphis

The Report: There’s breakout prospects and then there’s breakout prospects. Carlson is the latter. He had spent the last couple years flashing big tools while putting up fine, but unspectacular, performance albeit while relatively young for his leagues. In 2019 he finally started tapping into his raw power, and a move to center field went well enough—stupid Cardinals Devil Magic—and he’s gone from a good org name with some tweener tendencies to a potential five-tool center fielder and national darling. It’s not a lock he sticks up-the-middle. Although he’s a good baserunner, he’s not a true burner. He’s filled out in his upper body and has maintained his loose, athletic swing. He has plus bat speed from both sides of the plate and gets to his plus raw power without sacrificing any barrel control. Some .290, 25 home run seasons are likely, and if he can actually handle center in the majors, All-Star games will follow.  

OFP: 70 / All-Star outfielder

Variance: Medium. There’s a chance he continues his growth and there’s a bit more in the tank at the plate. There’s also the risk he’s more of a .270, 20 HR corner outfielder who plays center once or twice a week. That’s still a very nice major leaguer, but not a star.

Major league ETA:  2020

Mark Barry’s Fantasy Take: 

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24

The Martinez deal should put more helium into Carlson's balloon - but a warning from Rotoballer:

"He might be getting overrated a bit too much so be cautious when bidding for his services. The massive power spike came out of nowhere but seems to have coincided with his body adding muscle, as well as a conscious effort to hit more fly balls. But when watching him play, we see a player who still gets fooled by off-speed stuff. His swing also gets long more often than not and he doesn’t have the natural, explosive bat speed of a Luis Robert. "

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 10

From Sickels 2020 list:

21) Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade A-: Previously 24; breakout player hit .292/.372/.542 with 26 homers, 20 steals between Double-A and Triple-A; only 20 years old; do not overlook him.

Dec 31 '19

The hype meter will be pegging on this guy if he makes the Cards opening day roster.  26 homers and 20 stolen bases and .292/.372/.542 between Double-A and Triple-A last year.

Since almost nobody is going to have him on their reserve list ... a good ST showing will push him into the high teens or even low 20's, particularly in protect leagues.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Dec 30 '19