Matt Carpenter, Third Base, St. Louis Cardinals, #13


Date of Birth: 11/26/1985
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas
College: Texas Christian University

Matt Carpenter, third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, was drafted in 2009 by the Cardinals. He made his first appearance with them in 2011, playing in 7 games.

In 2012, Carpenter played in 114 games with the Cardinals. He batted .294 with 87 hits and 22 doubles. That season, he was a utility defensive player, playing at various times at first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field.

Carpenter had an outstanding year in 2013. He won a Silver Slugger award as a second baseman and he was the MLB leader in hits and doubles. He batted .318 with 199 hits, 55 doubles, 11 home runs, and 78 RBIs in 157 games. Carpenter was primarily a second baseman in 2013, playing that position in 132 games.

Carpenter finished the 2014 season with 162 hits, 33 doubles, 59 RBIs, and a .272 batting average in 158 games. In the postseason, he had 10 hits, 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 8 RBIs, and a .278 batting average in 36 at-bats in 9 games.

Carpenter had a strong 2015 season, finishing with career highs in home runs (28) and RBIs (84). He batted .272 with 156 hits and 44 doubles in 154 games. As the Cardinals' third baseman, he made 234 assists, 25 double plays, 77 putouts, and 14 errors. In 17 at-bats in 4 games in the postseason, he batted .235 with 4 hits, 1 home run, and 1 RBI.

In 2016, Carpenter batted .271 in 129 games. He finished the season with 128 hits, 36 doubles, 21 home runs, and 68 RBIs. Defensively, he played 45 games at first base, 40 games at second base, and 54 games at third base.

Carpenter batted .241 in 145 games with the Cardinals in 2017. He finished the season with 120 hits, 31 doubles, 23 home runs, 69 RBIs, and 125 strikeouts to 109 walks. Defensively, as the Cardinals' first baseman in 120 games, he made 74 assists, 103 double plays, 895 putouts, and 7 errors.

Career batting statistics for Carpenter through 2017 include:

  • 864 games played
  • 853 hits
  • 222 doubles
  • 404 RBIs
  • 660 strikeouts to 404 walks
  • .277 batting average

Personal Life

Carpenter and his wife Mackenzie were married on December 10, 2011.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Matt Carpenter
ESPN - Matt Carpenter