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Mike Carp 1B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
11 1000 .254 .330 .414 97 0.7
Birth Date6-30-1986
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age33 years, 2 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 SEA 23 21 65 17 3 1 1 8 10 2 0 0 .315 .415 .463 94 -0.3 1.3 1.7 0.4
2010 SEA 24 14 41 7 2 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 .189 .268 .243 85 -0.7 -0.7 1.0 0.0
2011 SEA 25 79 313 80 17 1 12 19 81 3 0 2 .276 .326 .466 105 2.0 -2.1 -0.9 0.3
2012 SEA 26 59 189 35 6 0 5 21 46 3 1 0 .213 .312 .341 85 -3.2 -1.2 0.9 -0.1
2013 BOS 27 86 243 64 18 2 9 22 67 2 1 0 .296 .362 .523 114 4.1 -0.5 -4.1 0.4
2014 BOS 28 42 103 17 5 1 0 11 17 5 0 1 .198 .320 .279 73 -3.0 -0.5 0.2 -0.2
2014 TEX 28 17 46 5 0 0 0 5 14 0 0 0 .125 .217 .125 73 -1.3 0.6 -1.1 -0.1
Career318100022551527902431523.254.330.41497-2.3-3.1-2.30.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 HAG A SAL 89 375 .263 .336 .395 .296 101 9.4 10.7 -6.8 122 0 -0.6 -1.0 10.2 1.2
2006 SLU A+ FSL 137 573 .258 .325 .378 .338 103 14.2 12.2 -7.8 146 0 2.0 0.2 9.7 1.6
2007 SLU A+ FSL 1 4 .261 .323 .377 .250 95 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 64 0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2007 BIN AA EAS 97 412 .256 .330 .389 .289 99 0.5 11.9 -7.6 107 0 3.2 -1.3 4.2 1.1
2008 BIN AA EAS 134 566 .266 .337 .404 .338 102 25.7 16.7 -8.1 140 0 -10.2 -6.2 18.9 1.1
2009 SEA MLB AL 21 65 .263 .320 .422 .364 94 4 1.9 -1.1 94 14 1.7 1.3 -0.3 0.4
2009 TAC AAA PCL 110 490 .277 .344 .427 .323 97 16.1 14.0 -8.4 110 0 2.7 -3.2 7.3 1.2
2010 SEA MLB AL 14 41 .254 .316 .404 .241 99 -1.3 1.1 -0.6 85 12 1.0 -0.7 -0.7 0.0
2010 TAC AAA PCL 110 463 .274 .350 .429 .265 90 24.2 15.3 -7.3 108 0 7.3 -2.2 6.4 1.9
2011 SEA MLB AL 79 313 .250 .311 .396 .343 94 5.8 8.4 -4.3 105 14 -0.9 -2.1 2.0 0.3
2011 TAC AAA PCL 66 286 .285 .357 .453 .355 95 33.4 8.9 -3.2 166 0 2.3 0.1 25.3 3.2
2012 SEA MLB AL 59 189 .250 .312 .409 .263 92 -3.5 5.2 -2.3 85 9 0.9 -1.2 -3.2 -0.1
2012 HDS A+ CAL 2 11 .281 .362 .423 .625 102 4.1 0.3 -0.2 236 0 0.0 -0.1 1.7 0.2
2012 TAC AAA PCL 35 154 .275 .335 .423 .269 98 -8.7 4.6 -2.8 60 0 -0.1 -0.8 -6.6 -0.6
2013 BOS MLB AL 86 243 .253 .316 .406 .385 102 13.8 6.4 -2.4 114 12 -4.1 -0.5 4.1 0.4
2014 BOS MLB AL 42 103 .247 .308 .377 .243 101 -2.6 2.7 -1.1 73 10 0.2 -0.5 -3.0 -0.2
2014 TEX MLB AL 17 46 .233 .302 .348 .185 98 -4.7 1.2 -0.7 73 10 -1.1 0.6 -1.3 -0.1
2014 PAW AAA INT 7 22 .252 .312 .378 .308 95 -1.6 0.7 -0.3 77 0 -0.6 -0.5 -0.9 -0.2
2015 OKL AAA PCL 7 23 .263 .331 .377 .133 89 -3 0.6 -0.4 16 0 -0.4 0.0 -2.3 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 HAG A SAL 375 313 49 78 12 1 19 149 63 35 96 2 2 .249 .362 .476 .227 1 1
2006 SLU A+ FSL 573 491 69 141 27 1 17 221 88 51 107 2 1 .287 .383 .450 .163 0 0
2007 BIN AA EAS 412 359 55 90 16 0 11 139 48 39 75 2 1 .251 .341 .387 .136 0 0
2007 SLU A+ FSL 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2008 BIN AA EAS 566 478 67 143 29 1 17 225 72 79 88 1 2 .299 .405 .471 .172 0 0
2009 SEA MLB AL 65 54 7 17 3 1 1 25 5 8 10 0 0 .315 .415 .463 .148 1 0
2009 TAC AAA PCL 490 413 66 112 25 1 15 184 64 58 99 0 1 .271 .376 .446 .174 1 1
2010 SEA MLB AL 41 37 1 7 2 0 0 9 0 4 8 0 0 .189 .268 .243 .054 0 0
2010 TAC AAA PCL 463 409 67 105 17 1 29 211 76 41 93 1 2 .257 .333 .516 .259 0 0
2011 TAC AAA PCL 286 251 55 86 14 0 21 163 64 28 50 6 2 .343 .411 .649 .307 3 1
2011 SEA MLB AL 313 290 27 80 17 1 12 135 46 19 81 0 2 .276 .326 .466 .190 1 0
2012 HDS A+ CAL 11 9 2 6 1 0 1 10 4 2 0 1 0 .667 .727 1.111 .444 0 0
2012 TAC AAA PCL 154 139 13 31 8 0 2 45 17 12 31 1 3 .223 .286 .324 .101 2 0
2012 SEA MLB AL 189 164 17 35 6 0 5 56 20 21 46 1 0 .213 .312 .341 .128 1 0
2013 BOS MLB AL 243 216 34 64 18 2 9 113 43 22 67 1 0 .296 .362 .523 .227 3 0
2014 BOS MLB AL 103 86 9 17 5 1 0 24 9 11 17 0 1 .198 .320 .279 .081 1
2014 TEX MLB AL 46 40 2 5 0 0 0 5 4 5 14 0 0 .125 .217 .125 .000 1
2014 PAW AAA INT 22 21 2 5 1 0 1 9 3 1 7 0 0 .238 .273 .429 .190 0
2015 OKL AAA PCL 23 22 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 7 1 0 .091 .130 .136 .045 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 243 0.4650 0.4156 0.7030 0.5487 0.3000 0.8226 0.5128 0.2970 -0.0028
2010 177 0.4294 0.4633 0.7927 0.6316 0.3366 0.8542 0.7059 0.2073 0.0019
2011 1090 0.4991 0.4817 0.7086 0.6140 0.3498 0.7814 0.5812 0.2914 0.0077
2012 752 0.4761 0.4455 0.7493 0.6061 0.2995 0.8065 0.6441 0.2507 -0.0033
2013 963 0.4922 0.4185 0.7568 0.5696 0.2720 0.8222 0.6241 0.2432 0.0082
2014 553 0.4792 0.4412 0.7746 0.5962 0.2986 0.8418 0.6512 0.2254 0.0073
Career37780.48440.44730.74220.59510.30860.81170.61630.25780.0046

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-01 2014-07-07 15-DL 36 33 Right Foot Fracture HBP -
2014-05-28 2014-05-29 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Soreness -
2014-04-06 2014-04-09 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Inflammation - -
2013-08-29 2013-09-01 DTD 3 3 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-06-17 2013-06-22 DTD 5 5 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-08-13 2012-09-04 15-DL 22 20 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-06-11 2012-07-24 15-DL 43 36 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2012-05-16 2012-05-17 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-03-29 2012-05-01 15-DL 33 23 Right Shoulder Sprain Diving Catch - -
2010-09-26 2010-10-04 DTD 8 8 Right Foot Strain Partial Tear Plantar Fascia -
2007-05-04 2007-06-19 Minors 46 0 Right Fingers Fracture Ring Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 BAL $
2015 WAS $
2014 BOS $1,400,000
2013 BOS $508,500
2012 SEA $488,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,397,300
3 yrTotal$2,397,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 168 dO'Connell Sports1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 3/5/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/12/15 (minor-league contract). Declined outright assignment by Washington, elected free agency 4/6/15. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 4/25/15 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract with LA Dodgers 5/8/15.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2014). Re-signed by Boston 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Claimed by Texas off waivers 8/3/14 after being DFA by Boston 8/1/14. DFA by Texas 8/30/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/4/14. Refused assignment by Texas 10/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5085M (2013). Acquired by Boston in trade 2/20/13 after being DFA by Seattle 2/12/13. Signed by Boston 3/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4888M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 2/27/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Seattle 2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 2/26/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by NY Mets 11/20/08. Acquired by Seattle in trade from NY Mets 12/10/08. Signed by Seattle 2/21/09.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2004 (9-254) (Lakewood HS, Calif.). $60,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 After the Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig, Carp became unnecessary, so they cut him on August 1st. The Rangers swooped in because they had already tried J.P. Arencibia and Carlos Pena at first base. In other words: Why not? Incredibly, Carp ended up being the worst of that trio, with a .342 OPS and zero extra-base hits. Keep an eye out, though: He's been above replacement level, with at least a .279 TAv, in every odd-numbered year of his career.
2014 Carp was a late-spring addition to the roster for first base and left field insurance purposes, courtesy of a Mariners team that decided Jason Bay was a better use of a roster spot. Free from Safeco and an organization that has ruined more hitters than it has developed over the last few years, Carp resurrected his career by splitting time between a bench role and pinch-hitting duty. The .385 BABIP is the obvious concern, especially with strikeouts in 28 percent of his plate appearances, but as far as a bench piece with some pop goes, the Sox could be in a worse situation than hoping Carp doesn't completely regress.
2013 In 2011, Carp hit well enough against lefties, and overall, that he seemed poised to break out of platoon prison. In 2012, he hit so poorly against righties that the Mariners might exile him to a distant island instead. As it was, they batted him eighth in baseballís worst lineup. Carp injured his shoulder in the teamís opener in Japan, the first of three stints on the disabled list. That gave him plenty of time to rehab in Tacoma, where, surprisingly, he was even worse than in Seattle. The best news is that his walk rate returned. The worst is that he has turned into a groundball machine, a losing strategy for a player whose only tool is second-deck power.†
2012 Ladies and gentleman, the best hitter on the 2011 Seattle Mariners, Doug Fister (.333/.333/.500 in seven plate appearances) excluded. Carp was called up in early June and put into the eighth spot; by the end of July, he was the Mariners' cleanup hitter. His success in that role masks some moderately troubling trends. He is drawing fewer walks and hitting more grounders than he ever has. It's a waste of resources from a slugger who can hit the ball foreveróall 12 of his homers went at least 385 feet, and nine cleared 400óbut who offers nothing but a bat. A strong season against left-handed pitching, in Tacoma and Seattle, gives hope that he won't need to be platooned.
2011 Several varieties of Carp have been classified as invasive species, but despite the Department of Agricultureís best efforts, one of them periodically manages to wrangle a few starts at first base for Seattle. The lefty traded patience for power at Tacoma last season, but while he nearly doubled his 2009 homer total in fewer at-bats, he still ended up looking like something considerably less than a major-league first baseman. Against lefties, Carp is Casey Kotchman without the glove; the rest of the time, heís the equivalent of a defense-deprived Lyle Overbay.
2010 While Carp acquitted himself quite nicely in his big-league debut, he's more of a .270-.280 type who can draw a decent number of walks and smack some doubles. While that's nice, it's not quite up to the standard one expects from a major-league first baseman, and Carp's limited athleticism restricts him to that position. He hits righties much better than lefties, so there could be some platoon possibilities in his future, but that's about it, and the Mariners will need more than that in a lineup looking for some power.
2009 Carp supplied the thunder to accompany April's showers, batting .356 with six homers in 101 at-bats to open his second season in Binghamton, and was thus one of the names mentioned as a potential replacement for Delgado during the latter's struggles. Those calls ceased as Carp floundered and Delgado flourished, but the youngster still ended up with a good season in a tough hitters' park after flopping in '07. Shipped to Seattle as part of the Putz deal, Carp could be a passable option for the Mariners in time; he doesn't possess classic first-base power, so he'll need to continue to stay afloat against lefties (792 OPS last year).
2008 In an organization light on prospects, Carp was seen as one of the golden boys coming off of an impressive showing in the Florida State League. Splat! A big, unathletic first baseman, Carp needs his bat to carry him to the big leagues, but his swing is what scouts call "slider speed," and he can't do anything against lefties. The jump to Double-A can make or break a prospect, and it might just have broken Mike Carp.
2007 Carp was the Mets` ninth-round pick two years ago. He failed to live up to that high honor in his first two professional seasons, but last year he started hitting the ball to all fields, boosting his average. He also goosed his OBP by getting in front of 25 pitches, giving him a total of 46 HBPs over the last two years. Carp still has some work to do against his fellow lefties. He has time. Though his 2006 was a good season in the context of his league, it represents the beginning of prospectdom, not the end.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Houston all have ugly first-base situations. Meanwhile Mike Carp projects for 350 AB's. Shouldn't the first two make serious offers for him --- and do you think they will?
(pobothecat from over there)
Excuse me for not being able to get it up for a #FreeMikeCarp movement. (Bret Sayre)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think Mike Carp has figured it out and raised his level of performance permanently?
(John from CT)
Definitely raised it some and that ballpark has treated him well, but he's not a 1000+ OPS guy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Mariners trading Mike Carp, what are your thoughts on Justin Smoak? Any indication from what you're seeing/reading that he could break out any time soon?
(johnpatrickbail from Washington, DC)
Smoak seems like a guy who really knows *how* to play baseball well but can't actually do it. If that makes sense. I just don't think he is capable of hitting the ball hard regularly, and this'll be the last ST we'll pay attention to him. (Sam Miller)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, Have you heard anything on Russell Branyan being dealt? Small sample, but seems like Mike Carp could be ready. If they hold on to Branyan, do you think the M's will give Carp the job next year and DH Russell?
(Richard from Tacoma)
I don't think the Mariners will deal Branyan at this point because they feel they still have a chance to win the division. If they fall off the pace, I could see them trading him later this month or in August. However, it would not surprise me to see your scenario play out where Carp plays first and Branyan DHs next season with Griffey and Sweeney both moving on to retirement. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Speaking as a Mets fan to an A's fan, what do you suppose it would realistically take to pry Huston Street from Billy Beane's far-from cold, dead hands? And do you think Street poses the best solution to the Mets bullpen woes (from here he seems to be a better solution than paying retail rates for K-Rod and/or Fuentes, or wishcasting on Putz to be healthy)?
(wrightfan5 from MD)
I think you can expect Beane to hold out for the best bits in the organization, but I really doubt that the Mets would deal Fernando Martinez for Street, and if I'm the A's, I don't need or want guys like Mike Carp. Danny Murphy's interesting, but basically this would have to involve a lot of low-level pitching to make it worthwhile. I suppose it depends on whether or not consecutive humiliations at the hands of the Phillies adds any additional impetus; at some point, Omar's going to be the guy taking the blame for failure. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)Hypothetical: Mets send Nick Evans, Mike Carp, and another prospect for Ibanez and Rhodes.
(Trade Offer Man from Trade Offer Land)
I think the Mets would be overpaying. I'd trade Evans OR Carp and a lesser prospect. (John Perrotto)


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