Chris Carpenter (carpech02)

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Christopher John Carpenter

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Chris Carpenter was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2004 amateur draft and the New York Yankees in the 2007 amateur draft but did not sign either year. He was then taken by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft and signed by scout Lukas McKnight. He made his major league debut with them in 2011. He appeared in 10 games, pitching 9 2/3 innings with 8 strikeouts, 7 walks and a 2.79 ERA. He also made 32 relief appearances in the minor leagues, going 1-1, 4.38 for AA Tennessee and then posting a 6.53 ERA for the AAA Iowa Cubs after his mid-season big league stint.

On February 21, 2012, Carpenter was sent by the Cubs as compensation for their signing Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein to become their new team President earlier in the off-season. The two teams were also to send each other a player to be named later to complete the transaction, the Cubs sending Aaron Kurcz on March 15th. He pitched 8 times for the Red Sox in 2012, going 1-0 with an ERA of 9.00 in 6 innings. He struggled with his health that year, pitching with four different minor league teams in addition to the major league Sox, because of various rehabilitation assignments. Overall, he was 1-0, 2.08 in 21 games in the minors, pitching only 21 2/3 innings. In 2013, he spent the entire season in the minors, with another rehab assignment with the Lowell Spinners and 30 games for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, where he was 0-2, 4.96 in 30 games. He did not pitch at all in the majors that year as the Red Sox were World Champions, then on December 17th he was released to allow him to sign with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Pro Baseball.

He made his debut for Yakult on March 29, 2014. He relieved Tetsuya Yamamoto in the 8th inning with a 4-3 deficit against the Yokohama BayStars. He gave up a single to Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, then Aarom Baldiris grounded him over and Tatsuhiko Kinjo flew out. Toshiki Kurobane singled in Tsutsugo, then Carpenter fanned pinch-hitter Hitoshi Tamura to end the inning. Ryosuke Morioka batted for Carpenter in the bottom of the 8th.

Carpenter is not to be confused with two other pitchers with very similar names: Cris Carpenter, a reliever who pitched in the 1990s, and Chris Carpenter, a contemporary All-Star starting pitcher.

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