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Matt Carpenter

32-Year-Old First Baseman – St. Louis Cardinals

2017 Stats

AVG

.241

HR

23

RBI

69

R

91

SB

2

2018 RotoWire Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Carpenter was a top-45 real-life hitter last season as measured by wRC+ (123), but his .241 average kept him outside the top 100 among hitters in terms of earned value in traditional fantasy formats. ...

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Back     EST. RETURN:  3/1/2018
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 210   DOB: 11/26/1985
BORN: Galveston, TX   COLLEGE: TCU   DRAFTED: 13th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Matt Carpenter Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $504,000 contract with the Cardinals in March of 2013.

February 22, 2018  –  Matt Carpenter News

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Carpenter has been battling a sore back in the early days of spring training and the Cardinals do not have a timetable for him to begin playing in Grapefruit League games at this time, theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Matt Carpenter Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 24 A+ PAL 28 129 100 17 28 8 5 2 1 17 0 1 26 14 1 0 2 .280 .438 .400 .838
2010 24 AA SPR 105 472 396 76 125 41 26 3 12 53 11 2 64 88 4 4 4 .316 .412 .487 .899
2011 25 AAA MEM 130 535 434 61 131 44 29 3 12 70 5 4 84 68 3 6 8 .302 .419 .465 .884
2011 25 MAJ STL 7 19 15 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 .067 .263 .133 .396
2012 26 AA SPR 3 13 10 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 .300 .462 .600 1.062
2012 26 AAA MEM 3 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143 .476
2012 26 MAJ STL 114 340 296 44 87 33 22 5 6 46 1 1 34 63 0 7 3 .294 .365 .463 .828
2013 27 MAJ STL 157 717 626 126 199 73 55 7 11 78 3 3 72 98 3 7 9 .318 .392 .481 .873
2014 28 MAJ STL 158 709 595 99 162 43 33 2 8 59 5 3 95 111 2 9 8 .272 .375 .375 .750
2015 29 MAJ STL 154 665 574 101 156 75 44 3 28 84 4 3 81 151 0 4 6 .272 .365 .505 .870
2016 30 AA SPR 4 13 12 2 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 .333 .385 .667 1.052
2016 30 MAJ STL 129 566 473 81 128 63 36 6 21 68 0 4 81 108 3 4 5 .271 .380 .505 .885
2017 31 MAJ STL 145 622 497 91 120 56 31 2 23 69 2 1 109 125 2 5 9 .241 .384 .451 .835
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3-Year Averages     142 615 514 91 134 64 37 3 24 73 2 2 90 128 1 4 6 .261 .375 .484 .859
Career  (View All)     864 3,638 3,076 542 853 344 222 25 97 404 15 15 476 660 10 36 40 .277 .377 .460 .838

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Matt Carpenter Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct. 1 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 30 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 29 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 28 ChC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .384 .451 .835
Sep. 27 ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .385 .454 .839
Sep. 26 ChC 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .387 .457 .844
Sep. 25 ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .386 .452 .838
Sep. 24 @Pit 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .387 .455 .842
Sep. 23 @Pit 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .388 .449 .837
Sep. 22 @Pit 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .386 .448 .834
Sep. 21 @Cin 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .386 .446 .832
Sep. 20 @Cin 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .383 .445 .828
Sep. 19 @Cin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .381 .439 .820
Sep. 17 @ChC 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .382 .440 .822
Sep. 16 @ChC 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .383 .441 .824
Sep. 15 @ChC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .383 .435 .818
Sep. 14 Cin 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .384 .436 .820
Sep. 13 Cin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .383 .438 .821
Sep. 12 Cin 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .382 .439 .821
Sep. 10 Pit 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .376 .436 .812
Sep. 9 Pit 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .239 .377 .438 .815
Sep. 8 Pit 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .376 .432 .808
Sep. 7 @SD Did not play.
Sep. 6 @SD Did not play.
Sep. 5 @SD Did not play.
Sep. 4 @SD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .374 .433 .807
Sep. 3 @SF Did not play.
Sep. 2 @SF Did not play.
Sep. 1 @SF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .376 .436 .812
Aug. 31 @SF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .378 .440 .818
Last 7 Games 13 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 .077 .250 .308 .558
Last 14 Games 34 9 9 2 0 3 3 7 11 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .390 .588 .978
Last 30 Games 65 16 15 3 0 5 6 21 22 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .419 .508 .927

Matt Carpenter: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 120 13 16 2
2016 45 40 54 1
2015 3 11 146
2014 156 2 2 1
2013 2 132 42 2 2
2012 44 5 33 21 7 15
2011 5

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Matt Carpenter Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017109142121.202.321.664
2016148225200.270.446.809
2015184218291.228.429.752

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20173887721571.253.487.883
20163255916480.271.532.920
20153908020553.292.541.926

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017250439331.240.428.802
2016230369330.296.526.930
20152954513432.278.502.866

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20172474814361.243.474.867
20162434512350.247.486.842
20152795615412.265.509.876
Matt Carpenter vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Matt Carpenter Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2010 24 A+ PAL 129 100 20.2% 10.9% 1.86 86% .318 .120
2010 24 AA SPR 472 396 13.6% 18.6% 0.73 78% .377 .171
2011 25 AAA MEM 535 434 15.7% 12.7% 1.24 84% .331 .163
2011 25 MAJ STL 19 15 21.1% 21.1% 1.00 73% .091 .066
2012 26 AA SPR 13 10 23.1% 7.7% 3.00 90% .250 .300
2012 26 AAA MEM 9 7 22.2% 22.2% 1.00 71% .200 .000
2012 26 MAJ STL 340 296 10% 18.5% 0.54 79% .346 .169
2013 27 MAJ STL 717 626 10% 13.7% 0.73 84% .359 .163
2014 28 MAJ STL 709 595 13.4% 15.7% 0.86 81% .318 .103
2015 29 MAJ STL 665 574 12.2% 22.7% 0.54 74% .321 .233
2016 30 AA SPR 13 12 7.7% 30.8% 0.25 67% .429 .334
2016 30 MAJ STL 566 473 14.3% 19.1% 0.75 77% .307 .234
2017 31 MAJ STL 622 497 17.5% 20.1% 0.87 75% .274 .210
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3-Year Averages     615 514 14.6% 20.8% 0.70 75% .301 .223
Career     3,638 3,076 13.1% 18.1% 0.72 79% .321 .183

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Matt Carpenter Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 1B 10.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 2B 58.7 -2 14 -1 -1 0 27 0 15 0 -2 1 0
2015 3B 1244 -13 224 -15 3 -16 668 -11 266 -3 -7 2 -10
2016 1B 312 0 29 -1 1 -1 148 -1 64 0 1 -3 0
2016 2B 318 -9 63 -8 -1 0 162 -5 84 4 -4 -2 -2
2016 3B 431 0 69 2 -1 1 244 3 99 2 1 3 -1
2017 1B 949.3 3 125 4 -1 4 487 2 124 0 -2 2 5
2017 2B 103 1 23 2 -1 0 81 1 8 0 2 1 -1
2017 3B 111 -1 25 1 -1 0 50 0 10 1 1 1 -1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1
2015 2B 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2015 3B 0 0 0 -10 0 -10
2016 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1
2016 2B 0 -1 -1 -6 0 -8
2016 3B 1 0 1 0 0 2
2017 1B 0 0 -1 2 0 1
2017 2B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2017 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2017 Stat Review for Matt Carpenter    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.87 BB/K
ELITE
17.5% BB Rate
ELITE
20.1% K Rate
AVERAGE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.835 OPS
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.384 OBP
ELITE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.241 AVG
POOR
.274 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.451 SLG
AVERAGE
.210 ISO
GOOD

2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Matt Carpenter

Overall Ratings

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Matt Carpenter: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter (shoulder) will likely bat third in 2018, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Carpenter (shoulder) had an MRI that revealed only inflammation, and he will be able to avoid offseason surgery as a result, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

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Carpenter (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

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Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Cubs.

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Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Pirates.

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Carpenter (foot) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

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Carpenter left Thursday's game partially due to manager Mike Matheny's desire to get more speed in the game, and partially because he fouled a ball off his foot, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

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Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2017

Consistency has been the name of the game for Carpenter, who recorded a batting average above the .270 mark for the third consecutive season. While this has become expected from the 30-year-old, he drastically improved his patience at the plate. As a result, he finished the season with a .380 on-base percentage and was regularly the club's leadoff hitter. Naturally, the switch to hitting first came with a drop in RBI as he knocked in just 68 runs, nearly 20 fewer than he did in 2015, but he could move back down in the order following the addition of Dexter Fowler. He'll be highly valuable no matter where he hits in the order. It's worth noting that Carpenter dealt with an oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list for nearly a month in the second half of the season, but if he can stay healthy, Carpenter should have no problem reaching 20 home runs for the third straight year.

2016

Carpenter hit like a third baseman upon moving to the position in 2015, and he swatted a career-best 28 home runs and delivered a league-leading 44 doubles. His .505 slugging percentage was a career high but he also struck out a whopping 151 times on his way to matching his .272 average from 2014. Carpenter almost certainly promises to provide value to his fantasy owners in 2016, but what kind of value isn't completely known given the recent change in approach, and the real question is whether owners can still profit at his increased cost. He's only two years removed from hitting .318 with a .392 OBP and just 98 strikeouts. Locked up through 2020, Carpenter at 29 figures to be the Cardinals' starting third baseman for the foreseeable future. He will likely hit near the top of the lineup again and is a near lock for 100 runs as he's averaged 109 a season over his last three years.

2015

While Carpenter wasn't able to repeat his unlikely 2013 season when he posted a terrific 6.9 WAR and racked up a gaudy 126 runs he delivered another very good season, this time at third base for the Cardinals. Carpenter scored 99 runs while hitting .272/.375/.375 in 2014, but he lost his eligibility at second base with the permanent position switch. His BABIP fell from .359 to .318, explaining some of the decrease in his numbers, but he did see his walk rate tick up to 13.4%. Even though he doesn't provide much pop Carpenter, proved to be a solid third baseman in a year where there were few options at the position. It's possible the Cardinals could move him down into the second or third spot in the lineup, giving him a chance to drive in more runs. Regardless of where he lands in the order, Carpenter will look to deliver another top-10 season at the hot corner in 2015.

2014

The Cardinals got a lot more than they were expecting from Carpenter when the 28-year-old utility man excelled in his first year at second base, hitting .318 in 717 plate appearances. He's not a prototypical leadoff hitter in that he does not offer great speed, but most of his advanced stats suggest that his 2013 season was not a fluke. As long as he's hitting near the top of the Cardinals' stacked lineup, he should be good for 100-plus runs again in 2014. Even with a move to third base following the trade of David Freese to Anaheim, Carpenter will offer fantasy owners flexibility by qualifying at second base as well this season.

2013

It seems like Carpenter had a better year than his numbers showed. You may scoff at the 44 runs and 46 RBI from a corner infielder, but he did that in just 296 at-bats and qualifies at first, third and outfield (and possibly second base) in most leagues. Further, the 27-year-old has regularly posted an on-base percentage north of .400 in the minors. With Lance Berkman out of the picture, Carpenter could get the opportunity to win the everyday job at first base this season and post numbers reminiscent of Mark Grace.

2012

Carpenter spent a couple of weeks with the Cardinals in June, but managed a single hit in 15 at-bats. That's the bad news. The good news is he had a 4:4 BB:K ratio in that stint, which perfectly illustrates his main strength as a hitter - his batting eye. With an 84:68 BB:K ratio with Triple-A Memphis leading to .419 OBP, Carpenter has the potential to be a good hitter at the major league level. His power isn't immense, especially for a corner infielder, and he's already 26, but if he can continue to get on base, he should be able to make a dent in the majors.