By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 27, 2011
Ryan Carpenter is seen here chucking for Orleans at Chatham in the summer of 2010. Carpenter is a big, physical left-handed starter who actually has a very loose arm for somebody with such a big body. That’s different, because many guys with this kind of body tend to be pushers. Carpenter’s arms are on the very long side, and you can see the big sweeping motion in the back. That looseness, when combined with the torque he generates from his strong lower half, should combine to make him a guy with a chance to be a full-fledged dude, armed with a plus fastball and curveball.
In this look, I was a little let down, because he was 90-92 and his velo didn’t hold for very long. He threw his best breaking stuff earlier in the game. Later in the game, as he wore down, more fastballs started up and he took a line drive off his thigh. I hate to bring that up and I’m sure Carpenter remembers it well. With that said, when you put this kind of body and this kind of arm that works so loose and easy, you ought to have a guy working 93-95, not 90-92. I’ll have to see him this Spring to see where he is, but if he put the work in, he can be a lot more dude, and a lot less just big guy.
See Summer 2010 Ryan Carpenter Video/Scouting Update