|Boston Red Sox – No. 37|
|First baseman, Left fielder|
June 30, 1986 |
Long Beach, California
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|June 17, 2009 for the Seattle Mariners|
(through May 29, 2013)
|Runs batted in||83|
After attending Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California, Carp was drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft (254th overall). He hit 19 Home runs in only 313 at bats as a 19 year old playing with the Hagerstown Suns, and win the Sterling Award as Mets organization player of the year following his 2006 season with the St. Lucie Mets. In that season he hit .287 (141-491) with 69 runs scored, 27 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs and 88 runs batted in.
In March 2007 he attended Major League training camp for the first time, hitting .233 in 43 at bats with the Mets. His 2007 season with the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League would be somewhat derailed by a broken finger, which he felt affected his swing even after returning from the disabled list. Carp hit .251/.337/.387/.725 (90 for 359, 55 runs, 16 2b, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 39/75 BB/K) with Binghamton. He played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League during the fall.
Carp enjoyed a great bounceback season in 2008, setting career highs in average, on base percentage, OPS, doubles, homers, and walks. For the season, Carp hit .299/.403/.471/.874 (143 for 478, 67 runs, 29 2b, 3b, 17 HR, 72 RBI, 79/88 BB/K).
On December 10, 2008, Carp was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team trade which also included RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Sean Green and OF Jeremy Reed from the Mariners for RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chávez, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto and sent RHP Joe Smith to the Indians.
He made his major league debut with the Mariners on June 17, 2009, pinch-hitting in a game against the San Diego Padres and drawing a walk. He got a hit, a single to center in his first major league start the next day.
On September 1, Carp was called up a second time. He went 0 for 4 against the Los Angeles Angels that same night.
On June 8, 2011, Carp was called up to replace outfielder Mike Wilson. He has also served as a replacement at the first base position for starter Justin Smoak. Carp was named the American League Rookie of the Month in August, during which he hit .313 and drove in 25 runs.
- Sterling Awards Announced
- Carp looking to regain form in AFL at official Mets website
- Three-team blockbuster gets Mets Putz
- Baker, Geoff (2011-06-07). "Mike Carp called up by Mariners". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
- Baker, Geoff (2011-09-06). "Mike Carp named AL Rookie of the Month for August". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Carp deal creates bench competition in camp MLB.com
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