Quinn Carpenter, a rising senior at Goshen High School, has pitched well in a pair of summer showcase events. A 6-foot-5 right-hander, Carpenter was clocked throwing 92 MPH at a tryout for the Northeast Yankees at the Double-A ballpark in Trenton, N.J. earlier this summer.
Carpenter pitched two scoreless innings as the East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. earlier this month. Just last week, Carpenter threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., earning the Dustin Pedroia “Muddy Chicken Award” for that game. For more on the Area Code Games, read this roundup at: http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/baseball/post/_/id/228/new-balance-players-of-the-game-day-4
Both of those showcases feature the top 200 or so prospects of the Class of 20120.
Carpenter was also recently mentioned on a blog at Baseball America: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/2011/08/everything-is-tracked-at-area-code-games/#more-3884
According to the TrackMan radar system at Blair Field, Carpenter’s top RPM on his breaking ball was 2,836, which ranked eighth among the pitchers at Area Code Games. He was seventh if you sort by average RPM.
It will be interesting to watch Carpenter going forward. Also a football and basketball player at Goshen – he played quarterback last year – he may curtail those activities to focus on baseball. Carpenter wasn’t really noticed by scouts until late June, when he was pitching for the Frozen Ropes travel team. Given his performances this summer – he’ll also participate in the Perfect Game Championships this October – Carpenter will almost certainly be on the radar for Division I college programs and perhaps even Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft in the first week of June, 2012.
During the 2011 high school season with Goshen, Carpenter was 3-2 with a 1.96 ERA and struck out 51 in 39.1 innings pitched. He was 21-for-70 at the plate (.300), with four doubles, one triple, six home runs and 20 RBI. Carpenter plays third base when he isn’t pitching.
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