Matt Carpenter is an American-based professional baseball player. He plays as an Infielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). Matt previously played Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2013, when Matt became a regular player, he has spent major time at first base (1B), second base (2B), and third base (3B). Matt was selected in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals of the 2009 MLB draft while studying at Texas Christian University (TCU).
Matt Carpenter Early Life:
Matt was born on 26th November 1985 in Galveston, Texas.
In 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Matt pledged to donate $10,000 to the flooding victims for each home run he hit for the remainder of the season.
Matt Carpenter Family Background:
Matt is the son of Rick and Tammie Carpenter. Tammie, in her youth, played softball. The family spent 7 years in La Marque, Texas, where Rick taught and coached at La Marque High School, then moved to Fort Bend Dulles High School and later to Fort Bend Lawrence E. Elkins High School. He coached for another 15 years. The school’s baseball team earned numerous championships, including 9 at the district level, 6 regional, 3 states, and 1 national. He also coached 3 other major leaguers: Kip Wells, James Loney, and Chad Huffman. Rick also coached at Prosper High School until he retired in 2019.
Matt has a brother, Tyler, and a sister Caitlyn. Tyler was a minor-league baseball player in the New York Mets organization.
Matt Carpenter Education:
Matt attended Elkins High School; he was a 3-year first-team all-district performer and also a 2-time all-state tournament team selection.
Matt was named the District Sophomore of the Year in 2002. He was honored as the USA Today High School Baseball Coach of the Year and was named a 2004 TPX second-team High School All-American. In addition, he holds the Elkins High School record for most career hits. Later, he attended Texas Christian University (TCU) and graduated, majoring in communications.
In his freshman year, Matt played around 50 games and batted .289, 27 runs batted in, 8 doubles (2B), and 1 home run (HR), along with 11 multi-hit games and 8 multiple-RBI games. The following season, Matt finished 2nd on the team in 62 games, with a .349 average, 1 home run, and 36 RBIs.
During his collegiate career, Matt broke school records for playing 241 games with 843 at-bats; he finished 2nd in 263 hits, 57 doubles, and walks (BB, with 150). Matt was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Matt Carpenter Physical Stats:
Matt stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 93kg. He is a right-handed thrower and a left-handed batter. Further, Matt has attractive brownish eyes and black hair. He often keeps a beard and mustache.
Matt Carpenter Birth Signs:
According to Matt’s birthdate, he comes under the zodiac Sagittarius. Currently, he is 37 years old. Further, his birth flower is Chrysanthemum, and his ruling planet is Jupiter.
Matt Carpenter Net Worth:
Matt started his career as an infielder for MLB, and in 2011, he made his MLB debut with the Cardinals. Throughout his career, Matt earned numerous awards and has broken several records. Based on his career records, his estimated networth should be around $35 Million.
Matt Carpenter Relationship Status:
Matt married Mackenzie Carpenter on 10th December 2011 in Missouri City, Texas. They have known each other since their high school days. Their daughter was born on 25th May 2016; on 20th November 2017, their son was born.
Matt Carpenter Career:
In the 2009 Major League Baseball draft Matt was selected in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent his 1st professional season with several A-level teams, including the Quad Cities River Bandits, Batavia Muckdogs, and the Palm Beach Cardinals. Between the three clubs, Matt batted .283 with 2 home runs and 22 RBIs. Further, in 2010, he returned to Palm Beach and played over 28 games; he hit .283, drawing 26 walks, which placed his OBP at .441.
This resulted in playing in the Springfield Cardinals. He played in 105 games and batted .316 with 76 runs scored, 12 home runs, 26 doubles, 53 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. In addition to his 2010 season, Matt was honored as a Topps’ Double-A All-Star, Texas Post-Season All-Star, and Texas Mid-Season All-Star.
Matt started the 2011 season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League. He played in 130 games, batting .300 with 12 home runs, 84 walks, 70 RBIs, a .417 on-base percentage, and a .483 slugging percentage. His OBP was placed 4th in the PCL.
On 4th June 2011, Matt made his major league debut, starting at 3rd base and batting 70. The Cardinals awarded him a championship ring for his performance throughout the year.
Season 2012 started with an injury, and in July, after recovery, Matt made his 1st appearance at 2nd base since turning professional. He played in 114 games scoring 340 plate appearances and batting .294 with 6 home runs, 46 RBIs, a .365 OBP, 22 doubles, and .463 SLG.
At the end of 2013, Matt earned his 1st Silver Slugger Award and became the 1st winner at second base in the history of the Cardinals. He finished 4th in the NL Most Valuable Player Award balloting and was selected as the team finalist for Heart & Hustle Award. The club then signed Matt to a 6-year extension worth $52 million.
In 2017, Matt walked a career-high 109 times and ranked 2nd in the NL. He had the lowest ground ball percentage for the season of all major league hitters (26.9%). He played over 145 games and batted .241/.384/.451 with 69 RBIs and 23 home runs.
Further, he finished the 2018 campaign playing 156 games and recording bats at .257 with 36 home runs and 81 RBI.
Matt struggled to begin the 2019 season as on 2nd July, after hitting .216/.325/.381 with 10 home runs, he was placed on the injured list. Matt was activated on 11th July but was placed back on the injured list after fouling a ball off his foot. He returned on 4th August. In over 129 games, Matt hit .226/.334/.392 with 46 RBIs and 15 home runs.
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 season was shortened to a 60-game season; Matt appeared in 50 games, with new career lows in his entire slash line.
Further, Matt entered the 2021 season as a backup and bench player. On 15th May 2021, he made his first appearance pitching against the San Diego Padres. Season 2021 ended with batted .169/.305/.275, 21 RBIs over 207 at-bats, and 3 home runs.
The Cardinals declined Matt’s option for the 2022 season and made him a free agent for the 1st time in his career.
On 18th March 2022, Matt signed with the Texas Rangers on a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training. On 19th May 2022, the Rangers released Matt after playing in over 21 games, where he batted .275 with 6 home runs over 21 games.
On 26th May 2022, the New York Yankees signed Matt to a major-league contract. On 12th June, he became the 1st Yankee to hit 6 or more home runs in his first 10 games with the team. Matt also became the 1st Yankees outfielder with 7 RBIs in a game against the Red Sox since 1940.
On 18th July 2022, Matt was named AL Player of the Week. On 8th August, he was shifted to the injured list for around 6-8 weeks.
On 20th December 2022, Matt signed a 1-year contract with the San Diego Padres, with a clause that a player can opt for the 2nd year.
San Diego Padres Sign Matt Carpenter To One-Year Contract
The team announced on Tuesday that the San Diego Padres signed free agent Matt Carpenter (37) to a one-year contract for the coming 2023 season; the contract includes a player option for 2024.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed officially, but through sources, the deal would pay Matt around $6 million in 2023 and another $6 million in 2024 if he opts in.
Matt revitalized his career in 2022 in 47 games after hitting 15 home runs for the New York Yankees before going on the injured list in early August. He returned in the postseason but missed the remaining regular season because he broke his left foot.
Matt played most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, signed with the Texas Rangers, and then the Yankees in the last season. He found his hitting stroke in July 2022, when he hit 9 home runs while batting .356, helping the Yankees to lead the AL East title.
Matt could be used as a super-utility player for the Padres, as he’s likely to see time at first base and second base as well as left field.
He’s a career .263 hitter with a .825 OPS.
Matt Carpenter Social Appearance:
On Twitter and Instagram, Matt has around 773K and 249K followers. He has a beautiful collection of pictures on these accounts, including his personal and professional life.