Cris Carpenter

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Cris Howell Carpenter

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After being a first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 amateur draft, Cris Carpenter joined Team USA for the Pan American Games as the top reliever, allowing Gregg Olson to join the rotation. Carpenter was 6-1 with 5 saves and a team-best 1.37 ERA that summer. During the 1987 Pan American Games, he was named MVP, not allowing a run during the round-robin. He blew the Gold Medal game against the Cuban national team with five runs in the final two innings to cost the US an upset, but he still was 3-1 with a save and 0.90 ERA on the tournament and allowed only 11 hits in 20 innings while striking out 23. He signed with the Cardinals and scout Vern Benson in September.

He was also a punter for University of Georgia's football team during his time there.

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