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13 Matt Carpenter 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 11/26/1985 | Birthplace: Galveston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 92.96
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Projections
TimeframeABHRAVGRBIRSB
2015 Season (CBSSports.com)620.009.00.28167.00102.003.00
 
Key Stats
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5958.27259995
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
201400015602100
2013021324202000
 
Injury Report
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Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs L.A. Dodgers2661 .286 .385 .231
vs Collmenter (Career)210 .500.400.500
vs RHP4121146 .380 .381 .277
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
12/26/2014Giancarlo Stanton, RF MIA
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
Mike Fiers, RP MIL
Cole Hamels, SP PHI
James Paxton, SP SEA
Aroldis Chapman, RP CIN
Matt Carpenter, 3B STL
12/26/2014Matt Carpenter, 3B STL
Roenis Elias, SP SEA
J.D. Martinez, LF DET
Howie Kendrick, 2B LAD
12/26/2014Adam Wainwright, SP STL
Matt Carpenter, 3B STL
Michael Wacha, SP STL
 
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DateOppABRHHRRBIBBSB
9/27@ARI5120000
10/3@LAD5221400
10/4@LAD3121210
10/6LAD4121100
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10/11SF4010000
10/12SF4111100
10/14@SF5010000
10/15@SF4110010
10/16@SF3000010
 
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Matt Carpenter exits Cards' spring game with quad contusion

by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was forced out of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals with a right quad contusion, per the team's official website. Carpenter was hit by a pitch in the opening frame, and was replaced by Pete Kozma to start the top of the third inning. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward.

Cardinals' Carpenter seeks to balance aggressiveness, patience

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hopes to combine the aggressiveness he displayed in 2013 with the patience he showed in 2014, MLB.com reports.

"I've had both extremes of it," Carpenter said. "I've had it where I've led the leagues in walks [2014], and I've had where I've led the league in hits [2013]. I'm trying to search for that perfect balance where you're aggressive, but you're still patient.

"In the postseason, I felt that I was more aggressive than I had been at any point in my career, but at the same time, I wasn't flailing at balls. I didn't lose anything. Now, it's finding the perfect balance to where I'm swinging the bat, I'm being aggressive, I'm trying to do damage, but at the same time, I'm a guy who can walk a lot, get on base and set the tone as a leadoff hitter. I think that's part of growing up as a baseball player. You learn and you adapt and you continue to try to figure out who you are as a hitter."

Carpenter homered four times during last year's postseason after hitting just eight home runs during the regular season, with his first two postseason blasts coming on the first pitch of his at-bats. He's looking to capture that approach more often this season.

"I think he's a smart enough guy to do it because he knows what he does really well," hitting coach John Mabry said. "That's what you take pride in -- those guys who put in all the work to get to where they are and then say, 'I'm not happy.' They want to put in the extra work to get to that next step, the next level."

Carpenter is looking to build off a 2014 season in which he hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats.

Cardinals' Holliday: Matt Carpenter should be more aggressive

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/18/15) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been pressing third baseman Matt Carpenter to be more aggressive at the plate at informal workouts before the official start of camp, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s great to walk and have long at-bats but he’s got the potential to hit 50 doubles. We’ve seen it," Holliday said. "He’s got the potential to hit 15 to 20 homers. We saw that in the postseason. It’s fine that first at-bat of the game if you want to take some pitches. But I’d like to see him be a little bit more aggressive. It’s in there. He showed it. It’s in there for all of us."

Carpenter, slugged three home runs during last year's National League Division Series after adopting a more aggressive approach, hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats in 2014. The infielder also led the league in base on balls by drawing 95 walks.

Cardinals' Carpenter hoping to build off postseason power surge

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/15) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter hit just eight home runs with a .375 slugging percentage during the 2014 regular season, but had a much better power swing in the postseason, belting four home runs and slugging .722 in nine games.

“I took a more of an aggressive approach in the postseason,” Carpenter said, per STLBaseballWeekly.com. “Part of that was from the experience that I had gathered the year before. After a long season, going into the playoffs I felt like I wasn’t as prepared as I felt like I could’ve been. It kind of snowballed and my approach and the way I took the regular season at-bat in the postseason it wasn’t playing out well.”

Carpenter said his postseason success could have a positive impact on his power numbers in 2015.

"Certainly, I’m always going to be a guy who’s patient at the plate, but that was a good learning experience for me -- being aggressive," he said. "I don’t remember the exact numbers but out of the four home runs I hit, I think three of them were on the first pitch. That’s something typically I don’t do a lot of, and it was a good learning experience.”

Cardinals discuss option of moving Carpenter down in lineup

by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/14) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he has discussed with Mike Matheny the possibility of moving second baseman Matt Carpenter down in the lineup next season in an attempt to improve the offense.

Carpenter performed well in that role last season. however, scoring 99 runs with 95 walks and compiling an on-base percentage of .375.

 
 
 

 
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3/31/15MIA1:05 pm
4/1/15@ NYM1:10 pm
4/2/15NYM12:05 pm
4/5/15@ CHC8:05 pm
4/7/15@ CHC8:05 pm
4/8/15@ CHC2:20 pm
4/10/15@ CIN7:10 pm
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2011STL71501004400 .263 .133 .067
2012STL1142964487646346311 .365 .463 .294
2013STL1576261261991178729833 .392 .481 .318
2014STL158595991628599511153 .375 .375 .272
Total 43615322694492518320527697 .379 .433 .293
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2011STL3B5413112001.000
2012STL1B443033131612332 .991
2012STL2B52734021.000
2012STL3B332260134433 .950
2012STLOF21132319130 .870
2013STL1B2110100001.000
2013STL2B132128590211370997 .985
2013STL3B422472115839 .958
2013STLOF21211001.000
2014STL3B156155394902881623 .959
2014STLOF20110001.000
Total  407380150367679037166 .975
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2011STL10200000
2012STL225137703210
2013STL55730173914
2014STL33222392823
Total 1111466323520517
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012STL91434133500 .412 .571 .286
2013STL17698150441710 .263 .290 .217
2014STL31246371200 .5381.500 .500
Total 2995152541482410 .321 .484 .263
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2009ASX-Batavia93291530034201 .541 .563 .469
2009AFA-Palm Beach3211413256129102410 .286 .342 .219
2009AFX-Quad Cities29105113162010171320 .405 .390 .295
2010AA-Springfield Cardinal1053967612526312536488112 .412 .487 .316
2010AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals2899172852116261401 .441 .404 .283
2011AAA-Memphis Redbirds130434611302931270846854 .417 .463 .300
2012AA-Springfield Cardinal3103300133101 .462 .600 .300
2012AAA-Memphis Redbirds371100002200 .333 .143 .143
Total 3391197191358751128164210212199 .403 .450 .299
 
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