Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 33 (November 26, 1985) | 6' 3" | 205lbs. | Bats: Left 1B-95 2B-11 3B-76 DH-2 PH-5
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
STL AA 2012 3 10 3 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .300 .462 .600 23 8 .250 n/a
STL AAA 2012 3 7 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143 22 22 .200 n/a
STL NL 2012 114 296 44 87 34 63 22 5 6 46 1 1 .294 .365 .463 10 19 .346 40/24/36 11 11
STL NL 2013 157 626 126 199 72 98 55 7 11 78 3 3 .318 .392 .481 10 14 .359 39/27/34 27 30
STL NL 2014 158 595 99 162 95 111 33 2 8 59 5 3 .272 .375 .375 13 16 .318 41/24/35 16 19
STL NL 2015 154 574 101 156 81 151 44 3 28 84 4 3 .272 .365 .505 12 23 .321 30/29/42 25 26
STL AA 2016 4 12 2 4 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .385 .667 8 31 .429 n/a
STL NL 2016 129 473 81 128 81 108 36 6 21 68 0 4 .271 .380 .505 14 19 .307 31/26/43 16 17
STL NL 2017 145 497 91 120 109 125 31 2 23 69 2 1 .241 .384 .451 18 20 .274 27/22/51 13 15
STL NL 2018 156 564 111 145 102 158 42 0 36 81 4 1 .257 .374 .523 15 23 .291 26/27/47 25 25
Career 8yrs 1020 3640 653 998 578 818 264 25 133 485 19 16 .274 .377 .470 13 19 .317 n/a
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If bunts are included (Billy Hamilton thread), then Carpenter's actual Hard% must nudge over 50. He bunted nine times last year and got a hit all but once.

Alex Patton Alex

Of the 410 balls Matt Carpenter put in play last year, 201 were hit hard. That works out to 49 percent, the highest Hard% in the majors (250+ PA).

His slugging average for the balls he hit hard was 1.201.

His slugging average on the 171 balls he put in play with medium contact was .290.

His slugging average on the 38 balls he put in play with soft contact was .184.

The league-wide slugging average on hard-hit balls in 2018 was 1.063.

The league-wide slugging average on medium-hit balls was .300.

The league-wide slugging average on soft-hit balls was... the Bill James Handbook doesn't say.

Nor does it say what the measurement is for how well balls are struck. Is it strictly exit velocity?

But all players with 250+ PA are ranked by Hard% and it's an interesting list.

The top five:

Carpenter 49.0%

Tyler Flowers 48.9%

David Peralta 48.6%

Eugenio Suarez 48.6%

Tommy Pham 48.5%

And only then do we come to Joey Gallo. 48.5%.

But Joey hits the ball hard with a very high launch angle and his SA on balls hit hard (1.568) is easily the highest in the majors.

Alex Patton Alex
I'm working on Big Prices for the Guide. Today I have Matt Carpenter with a price of $17. What do you think?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 17

Talking about the shift (and I can't believe they're still talking about outlawing it in some horrible way):

http://www.espn.com/espn/print?id=24049347

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 23

Had eight bunt hits. And only attempted nine!

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 4

Just glad I stuck with him...that's why we always have to remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Aug 5

2 HRs with a strong wind blowing in.

van wilhoite LVW
Jul 22

Today his Avg HR Distance is 392. Must have been quite a wallop.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 22

Homered again today...

Keith Cromer Slyke
Jul 21

Quite interesting to look at his new Statcast stats.

Avg Exit Velocity: 91.6

Avg HR Distance: 390 

Avg Launch Angle: 22.0

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 21