Baltimore – All summer long, people in and around Detroit have wondered how Kerry Carpenter’s racket would play in the major leagues. Now, Tigers give Carpenter a peek below the stretch, trying to figure out exactly what they have in probability No. 14. Is it a deep piece whose strength is struggling to translate it against the big league bet? Threat in the middle of the system? or something in between?
One thing they learn: Power is real.
Carpenter demonstrated that signature skill again on Wednesday, reaching second zombies in two nights in the Tigers’ 8-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. A night after sending a 406-foot Homer over the left midfield wall, Carpenter called 0-2 for another shot into the field to account for Detroit’s lone race against right-handed Jordan Lyles.
The long ball was a near-carbon version of a shot from Carpenter on Tuesday, and sixth in 28 games for the rookie, who shot 30 at home between Double-A and Triple-A before being called up on Aug. In 125 games across three levels this season. How many hits can Carpenter hit on a stretch?
“Since I’ve been here in the major leagues, I haven’t been as consistent as I wanted,” Carpenter said. “But when I do this as if it was my last couple of nights, I feel like this is what I can do. This is close to my full potential.”
In the 19th round of selection in 2019, Carpenter expected to be more than a piece of organizational depth before he exploded in the minors after undergoing a swing fix last season. He followed a 6-for-32 start in the Majors with a 13-for-35 stretch (two home runs), and while the high rate and walk-to-strike ratio he showed in the Minors have yet to translate, Carpenter’s strength has recently picked up. He has now hit four house hurdles in his last 11 matches.
Finally, the 25-year-old made a 0.25 with six lucky catches and a 0.868 OPS through 28 games. Tigers manager AJ Hinch inserted the Carpenter into 3-holes for the second time on Wednesday, between Javier Báez and Miguel Cabrera.
“Being behind Jaffe and being in front of Meiji was something I never dreamed of,” Carpenter said. “So it was pretty cool.”
Hench said: “We knew when we bred him that he would handle the right throw and have an adjustment against the left. He puts on very good rackets. He knows the strike zone. He is not afraid to let the ball go too deep. He has a very good plan and he is productive, so he will be back there again.” Friday “.
Boosted against right-handed throws, Carpenter hits the .294 with five crawler holders and .603 slack at .68 at bat when he has the platoon advantage. Hinch said he bumped Carpenter into the lineup on Wednesday to increase his exposure to Lyles, discouraging Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde from calling left-handed painkillers like Cionel Pérez, Keegan Akin or DL Hall in big.
Lyles introduced strategy by throwing his first full game of Orioles in over 16 months, but Carpenter was responsible for two of Detroit’s three hits and her only run.
“When I cross like that, when I make mistakes and hit the pitches I want,” Carpenter said. “All I want to do is reach my full potential in this league, and they are giving me the opportunity. I am just trying to show them what I can do.”
Asked what the biggest adjustment he’s had to make on the big league pitches, Carpenter said, “It just has to be locked in every hit, and I swing my swing where it should be every day.”
“Because when he’s not there, I eat alive,” Carpenter said. “But when he’s there, I feel like I can do well in this league.”