David Carpenter (Covington 2004) has had a well-traveled career thus far.
Drafted in the 12th round of the 2006 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of West Virginia, Carpenter began his career as a catcher. At some point in the 2008 minor league season, the Cardinals decided to move him to the mound. After a couple seasons working on his new profession, the Cardinals traded David to the Houston Astros for Pedro Feliz. The Astros also called him up for his first taste of the majors in 2011, when he threw quite well in 27 2/3 innings.
In 2012, he struggled in the majors, and the Astros traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays in late July. After only 2 2/3 innings with the Jays, the team traded him to the Boston Red Sox (along with manager John Farrell!). The Red Sox tried to pass Carpenter through waivers about a month later, and the Atlanta Braves scooped him up.
This is when his career really took off. In 2013, David went 4-1, 1.78 in 56 games and 65 2/3 innings, while striking out 10.1 batters per 9 innings. He was also strong in 2014, going 6-4, 3.54, with 67 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.
Now he’s on the move again. Two days ago, the New York Yankees acquired David from the Braves, as the Bombers are looking to rebuild their bullpen. The Yankees bring Carpenter and Chasen Shreve to New York for Manny Banuelos, who used to be a top prospect before missing the 2013 season with an injury.
So now David will get to pitch in Yankee Stadium as his new home park!