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Chris Carpenter (Ryan Jacobson)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Chris Carpenter
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Kent State University
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Sophomore
Birthdate:12/26/85
Height:6'4"
Weight:210 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):05/06/07
Game(s):Bowling Green
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Fastball:Carpenter has plus velocity, pitching in the 92-96 mph range.
Slider:Carpenter will flash an above-average slider at times.
Changeup:Carpenter has a changeup, but it's a below-average pitch.
Control:Right now, his command is below-average, but it projects to be average.
Poise:He's got average makeup, but he does pitch tentatively at times, perhaps because of past injuries.
Physical Description:Oddly, he does have some similarities with Chris Carpenter, the big-league pitcher, but a better comparision might be Ryan Wagner.
Medical Update:Carpenter had "Tommy John" surgery in 2005 and had his knee scoped in 2004.
Strengths:He has a big arm with two plus pitches.
Weaknesses:Injuries. He's had some trouble staying healthy, something sure to worry scouts.
Summary:Carpenter has a big arm with a plus fastball and a slider that is often above-average as well. That two-pitch mix will be enough for him to perhaps be a setup guy at the next level rather than a starter. His health is a concern (Tommy John surgery in 2005) and might scare some people off, another reason why perhaps a bullpen role would be a good choice.