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Matt Carpenter
Birthdate: 11/26/1985 (31 y, 4 m)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/205     Position: 2B/3B
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 18, Overall: 399, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $52M / 6 Years (2014 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Carpenter went 2-for-3 with four RBI from a sacrifice fly, RBI single and two-run triple in Wednesday's 6-1 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals. (3/23/2017)
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Profile: Matt Carpenter moved all over the diamond last season, playing at least 40 games at third base, second base, and first base, but should see almost all of his playing time this season at first. Carpenter has long been an OBP king and nothing changed last season with a .380 mark that was right in line with his career average. Carpenter broke out in the power department back in 2015 with 28 home runs and looked well on his way to repeating it last year with 14 homers in the first half. Unfortunately an oblique injury robbed him of time in July and might have hurt his game when he came back, hitting just seven home runs with a .229 average after the break. Heading into 2017 healthy, there is little reason to expect we won't see a very good Matt Carpenter again. At first base, his bat doesn't play quite as well as at second or third base, but he should still be above average. The signing of Dexter Fowler should move Carpenter out of the leadoff spot and provide more opportunities for RBI. A season with 25 home runs and 100 RBI seem like reasonable goals along with a .270 average and an OBP among the league leaders. (Craig Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Carpenter will be a middle-of-the-order hitter next season and while he isn't likely to get 30+ homers, something a bit short of that with solid RBI numbers is a good bet to go along with a great OBP.

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