January 24, 2017
Matt Carpenter was drafted by St. Louis in the 13th round in 2009 out of TCU and made his major-league debut two years later in 2011, playing seven games with the Cardinals before establishing himself as a regular in 2012. Playing his first minor-league season at the relatively old age of 24, his first assignment was High-A Palm Beach. He excelled there, showing bat-to-ball skills, plate discipline and doubles power, earning a promotion to Double-A Springfield after a month where he hit .316/.412/.487 over the last hundred games of the season. He posted a similar line in Triple-A in 2010, hitting .302/.419/.465 over 535 plate appearances in what would be his final season in the minors aside from a few rehab stints later in his career.
As a major-leaguer, Carpenter has been a productive, consistent and versatile part of the Cardinals’ lineup for five full seasons. His fantasy value and reliability are easy to see in this table: