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David Carpenter reached the majors with the Houston Astros in 2011.

Carpenter hit .235/.330/.358 as the West Virginia University's lightest-hitting regular in 2004. The next year, he improved to .282/.370/.455. In 2006, he batted .316/.405/.455. He was named All-Big East Conference at catcher. The St. Louis Cardinals took him in the 12th round of the 2006 amateur draft.

David was signed by scout Brian Hopkins and began his pro career with the State College Spikes, eking out a .189/.278/.225 line while fielding .989 at catcher. He followed in 2007 by batting .221/.250/.313 for the Batavia Muckdogs and going 0 for 1 for the GCL Cardinals. He started 2008 with the Quad Cities River Bandits (7 for 25, 2B, 3B, 5 BB) and Palm Beach Cardinals (7 for 40, 3 2B, HR, BB). As he had hit only .208/.266/.290 in 95 minor league games, the Cardinals moved him to the mound during the season.

As a pitcher, Carpenter appeared for the Johnson City Cardinals (3 R, 8 K in 6 IP) and GCL Cardinals (3 Sv, 6 R, 1 ER in 8 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 9 K). Back with Quad Cities as a reliever full-time in 2009, he went 5-3 with 12 saves and a 4.28 ERA, striking out 77 in 67 1/3 innings. He began 2010 strong with the Palm Beach Cardinals (5-3, 20 Sv, 2.36) before being dealt in August to the Houston Astros for Pedro Feliz. Assigned to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League, he was the winning pitcher in an unusual no-hitter on August 25: Lancaster won 3-1 over Lake Elsinore in 10 innings, using 5 pitchers. Carpenter came into the game in the 8th after Lake Elsinore had tied the score against David Berner without the benefit of a hit. He got out of the jam and pitched a perfect 9th inning; when his teammates scored two runs in the top of the 10th, he was credited with the win, after which Jose Trinidad completed the collective feat with a hitless 10th inning. Overall, he was 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA for Lancaster.

After posting a minuscule 1.91 ERA with 14 saves between the AA (0-1, 4 Sv, 4.50 for the Corpus Christi Hooks) and AAA (9 Sv, 0 R in 19 IP for the Oklahoma City RedHawks) levels in 2011, Carpenter was promoted to the Astros in late June.

In his major league debut, Carpenter relieved Wandy Rodriguez in the 8th inning with a 7-0 deficit against the Texas Rangers. He struck out Craig Gentry, retired Endy Chavez on a fly ball, then got Ian Kinsler on another fly for a good debut. Matt Downs pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the 8th. He was part of an unusual strategic move in a game against the Colorado Rockies on August 23rd at Coors Field. Lefty Wesley Wright began the 8th inning by retiring Carlos Gonzalez, but manager Brad Mills wanted a righty to face Troy Tulowitzki; he brought in Carpenter to pitch, but kept Wright in the game by moving him to right field. After Carpenter retired Tulo, Wright returned to the mound to face Todd Helton. Carpenter picked up his first career save on August 28th, pitching the bottom of the 11th inning of a 4-3 win against the San Francisco Giants. In that game, the Astros' usual closer, Mark Melancon, had come in to pitch the 10th after Houston had taken a 3-2 lead, but blew the opportunity. After the Astros took the lead for a second time in the top of the 11th, Mills turned to Carpenter to close the win, and he was successful. He finished the season with a record of 1-3, 2.93 in 34 appearances, with 29 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

In 2012, however, Carpenter failed to build on his good performance in his rookie season. After 30 games, he was 0-2, with a poor 6.07 ERA and 43 hits allowed in under 30 innings. On July 20th, he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a 10-player blockbuster trade. He only pitched three times for the Jays, given the atrocious results of his outings: in 2 2/3 innings, he gave up 10 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks for a 30.38 ERA. He did pitch slightly better in the minors, going 1-0, 2.08 in 7 games for Oklahoma City, then was 0-1, 3.57 in 16 games for the Las Vegas 51s in the Blue Jays organization. Not having endeared himself to his new team, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on October 21st in return for infielder Mike Aviles in the deal that was compensation for the Sox signing Jays manager John Farrell.

Sources include 2010 Cardinals Media Guide

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