The Cincinnati Reds have signed David Carpenter to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training for 2020. He’s been training out at Driveline this winter and had some video posted earlier this month.
Private trainee, and free agent @DCarpenter29 just began his velo phase.
He's always thrown his hardest in competition settings, so we figured replacing the regularly scheduled programming with some live AB's would be a good way to gauge where he's at…uhh he's in a good spot. pic.twitter.com/2eIspFVQUd
— Rob Hill (@Berticushill) December 5, 2019
The 34-year-old reliever saw action in the Major Leagues from 2011-2015 with Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, New York (Yankees), and Washington. Then he didn’t pitch again in the Major Leagues again until 2019 when he got back to the big leagues with the Texas Rangers.
In 2019 most of his season came in Triple-A where he dominated out of the bullpen for Nashville. He posted a 1.63 ERA in 39 games while picking up 21 saves. In his 38.2 innings pitched he allowed 30 hits, three home runs, 13 walks, and he struck out 42 batters.
At the start of June David Carpenter made his 2019 debut with the Rangers, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks against Baltimore. It was his first big league action in nearly four years. He was back in the minor leagues for his next outing, but not before the Rangers outrighted him off of the roster. He cleared waivers and remained in Triple-A until mid-August. Texas added him back to the 40-man on August 13th and called him up. The righty pitched 2.2 innings without an earned run over three games with two walks and two strikeouts. But on the 21st after throwing 2.2 innings without an earned run over three outings, the Rangers again outrighted him to Triple-A. That’s where he finished out his season before electing free agency once the year was complete.
We’re dealing with a limited sample size of just four outings in the Major Leagues last season, but he showed a 94 MPH fastball (average velocity, not peak) to go along with a mid-80’s slider. He also showed a splitter a couple of times according to Brooks Baseball. Reds minor league pitching coordinator and director of pitching initiatives Kyle Boddy noted on twitter that he was “excited to have this guy in camp” and that he had an “improved slider and fastball velocity trending upwards”.