The all-around skills of West Virginia junior catcher David Carpenter made him the first player selected from WVU's 2006 baseball team in the Major League Baseball draft. The Fairmont, W. Va. native was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round on Tuesday.
Carpenter, who made both the pre-and post-season All-Big East teams, displayed excellent defensive skills to go with his solid performance at the plate. He threw out almost half of the 36 runners who attempted to steal on him this year. He also picked off another 13 runners, displaying an uncanny sense of timing and accuracy in that department, and recorded a fielding percentage of .976.
Carpenter was also a very good performer at the plate on a WVU team loader with hitters. He hit .316 with seven home runs and 38 runs, and also showed good situational skills. He worked pitchers for 23 walks while grounding into just two double plays during his junior season.
That performance led the Cardinals, one of the majors' best organizations, to make him the 376th pick overall in the draft.
Carpenter will meet with the Cardinals soon to discuss contract terms. While he could bypass their offers and return to WVU for his senior season, it is expected that he will sign a deal with the major league team and end his college career.