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The “Other” Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter @CCarp37

Want to thank the cubs organization for the very memorable 4 years, met alot of great people. Will never forget you guys.

That being said couldnt be more happy to join the Boston Red Sox. Very excited to get down to Florida and get back to work! #redsoxnation

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Carpenter moves from one great baseball town to another (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Carpenter moves from one great baseball town to another (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

These are the first public words (on Twitter) of former Chicago Cubs’ prospect, and now current Boston Red Sox prospect, Chris Carpenter.  No, he’s not the one from New Hampshire who just won the World Series with St. Louis Cardinals.  He’s the “other” Chris Carpenter.  The one drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft out of Bryan, Oh. by the Chicago Cubs.  He’s also the final piece of the deal that involved the Red Sox, Chicago CubsTheo Epstein, and fried chicken.

Baseball America ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in Chicago’s farm system a year ago and had this to say about him:

“Carpenter profiles as a No. 3 starter or set-up man. Pitching out of the rotation, he works at 91-96 mph with his fastball, which has good life for a four-seamer. In relief in the [Arizona Fall League] he pitched at 94-99 mph and touched 101 in the Rising Stars Game. His low-80s breaking ball is a solid slider with bite at times and more slurvy at others. His changeup has deception and fade but probably won’t ever be more than his third pitch. Carpenter still is figuring out control and command, as he runs into problems with walks and gets hit more than someone with his fastball should. He needs to do a better job of controlling the running game after giving up 23 steals in 29 attempts last year. He works diligently to stay healthy.”

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com quoted ESPN’s Keith Law as saying Carpenter has “tremendous arm.”

Carpenter, who played his college ball for the Golden Flashes of Kent State, spent part of his 2007 summer on the Cape when he suited up for the Chatham A’s.  Unfortunately, after suffering pain and inflamation in his throwing elbow/forearm, Carpenter was shut down.

To make room for Carpenter on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from back surgery.

Carpenter, 26, made his Major League debut with Chicago in 2011 and posted a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) over his 10 games with the Cubs, all out of the bullpen. He limited left-handed batters to a .143 average (2-for-14) and held opponents scoreless in eight of 10 outings. The right-hander also combined for 32 relief appearances between Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa clubs last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA (28 ER/42.2 IP) between the two stops.

The righty led all Cubs minor leaguers with a 2.82 ERA (41 ER/130.2 IP) in 2009 and was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star in 2010.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

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