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Background: Like so many Blue Jays prospects, Carpenter was a two-sport star in high school. He played hockey as well as baseball. He had back and arm problems in his first two pro seasons, but has proven durable the last two. He finished sixth in the Southern League in strikeouts in 1996. Strengths: Carpenter has athleticism and will do the little things to help himself. Most of all, he has stuff. He has developed a fastball that sits in the 92-93 mph range. Weaknesses: Carpenter has a power curve that is a knee-buckler, but it has some extra play in it at times and needs to become more consistent. He still gets a little too excited, but has done a better job of harnessing his emotions. Getting to pitch regularly the last two years has been a big lift for him. The Future: Carpenter is ready for the move to Triple-A in 1997, with a chance to force his way to the big leagues.
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