Note: Being the baseball zealot that I am, I decided it would be interesting to do a series of post highlighting former Kent State baseball players who are now affiliated with major league clubs. Each post will highlight a former Kent State baseball player and "How They Fared" — catchy name huh? — throughout their major or minor league seasons. today is last year's KSU ace Chris Carpenter. Let me know what you think or ways we could make it better at email@example.com
Chris Carpenter, RHP
Class A Short season Northwest League (Chicago Cubs)
After being drafted by the Tigers and Yankees in previous seasons, Carpenter’s arm is finally healthy and he is finally playing professionally. The Cubs plucked him in the third round (97th overall) in this year’s draft and he appears to paying immediate dividends after a strong season at KSU.
The power right hander finished short season with a 4-2 record and a 4.22 ERA. He struck out 24 in 32 innings, but also walked 22. That will have to be cleaned up a bit.
The two biggest concerns about Carpenter always seem to remain the same. He is injury plagued, with arm and shoulder problems, and he struggles with control. Yet, Carpenter still brings plenty of power to the mound.
Baseball guru John Sickels currently ranks Carpenter as the 19th best prospect in the Cubs organization and grades him out at a “C.”
In order to put this ranking into perspective though, it is important ot understand a few key points on minor league player rankings:
The Cubs do not have one of the strongest farm systems in baseball right now. Outside of No. 1 prospect Josh Vitters, they are fairly thin. This lack of depth in talent is why the Cubs were unable to acquire San Diego ace Jake Peavy.
Yet, prospect rankings change as much as the wind. All it takes is three months of dominant baseball – whether it’s in summer league or winter leagues – to skyrocket a players name up or down a list.
With that being said, Carpenter has all the tools to skyrocket up the talent-thin organizational depth chart of he Cubs, but right now is ranking is primarily based on his shaky past full of injuries.