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Chris Carpenter

RHP | RedsCIN
Chris Carpenter
Name: Christopher John Carpenter
Born: Dec 26, 1985 in Bryan, Ohio USA
High School: Bryan (Ohio) HS
College: Kent State
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career4203.861.434.418.08
Drafted in the 3rd round (97th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2008 (signed for $385,000)
After a couple of false starts, Carpenter's pro career should finally get going this summer. The Tigers made him a seventh-round pick in 2004, but he became the highest-drafted high school pitcher that year to opt for college. He blew out his elbow throwing a 93-mph fastball as a freshman, requiring Tommy John surgery in May 2005 and a second operation in June 2006 to clean out scar tissue. He was surging toward the first round with a strong finish to the regular season last year. But teams wondered about his health and his signability as a draft-eligible sophomore, and no one took a flier until the Yankees popped him in the 18th round. They planned on following him in the Cape Cod League, but he made just two appearances before departing with a tired arm. Carpenter has been healthy all year, topping out at 98 mph and often pitching at 92-96. His hard curveball is tighter and more consistent than it was in 2007, and his command has improved after some early season struggles. His changeup has gotten better too, though he doesn't throw it for strikes as easily he does his main two pitches. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Carpenter has the body to pile up innings--provided he stays healthy. There are clubs that will back away because of his medical history, but he has enhanced his chances of going in the first three rounds by expressing a willingness to sign for slot money.
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