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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


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 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.



Hot Stove Party Invitees – Alex Wilson

You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium from 6-9 p.m.  This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects.

Today I’ll profile the fourth and final player who will be here Friday night, RHP Alex Wilson.

Ht.: 6-0      Wt.: 215      Age: 25     Resides: College Station, Tx.    Drafted: 2nd Rd., 2009

Born in Dhahram, Saudi Arabia, Wilson is the son of a geologist and, believe it or not, grew up a Red Sox fan.  If he makes it to Fenway, he’ll become the first Saudi Arabian-born pitcher to make the major leagues and the second player overall (Craig Stansberry, 2007-’09).

Wilson made four starts with the PawSox at the end of 2011 (Elsa/Getty Images)

His family eventually relocated from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the mountains of West Virginia where Alex was named Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2005.

Wilson then went on to pitch at Winthrop University (S.C.) where he was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2006.  However, the righty soon suffered a setback when he needed Tommy John surgery.

In a video interview Wilson did with Sox In Site, he talked about how he believes having already had Tommy John is a positive.  “I feel like I’ve already got it out of the way.  A lot of guys – power guys especially – have to end up having it.  I got that out of the way when I was in college.  I’ve been 100% since then, have had no problems whatsoever with it.”

After recovering from the surgery, Wilson pitched in the Cape League for Falmouth during the summer of  2007.  He didn’t put up great numbers, but then again, didn’t pitch very much (0-1/9 hits/5 walks/7 runs/4.0 innings).

Wilson then transferred to Texas A&M where he redshirted in 2008. That summer the Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 10th round but Alex wisely opted not to sign. Instead he returned to Falmouth for another summer where he improved to 0-1, 4.60 with 36 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

His career as an Aggie was was short lived: 24 appearances in 2009 before the Red Sox selected him in the second round.

Things have worked out well for wilson since being drafted by his childhood team:


  • Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year
  • Sea Dogs Opening Day starter
  • Invited to big league Spring Training
  • Tied for the second-most wins in the system (10)
  • Tied for second-most strikeouts in the system (123)
  • Second-highest winning percentage in the system (.714)
  • Third-lowest ERA in the system (3.11)
  • Ranked by Baseball America as having the best fastball and slider in the Sox system

A self-proclaimed “low-tech” country boy, Wilson will be here at McCoy Stadium tomorrow (Friday) night to sign autographs and answer questions.  Both of us look forward to seeing you then.