Mets Scouting Report: 1B Mike Carp

The New York Mets drafted Mike Carp in the 9th round of the 2004 draft out of Lakeland High School. An All-State California player in high school, Carp added a Sterling Minor League Player of the Year award as the top Mets' minor leaguer in 2006 to his list of accomplishments. Here's a scouting report on Mike Carp.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Mike Carp
Position: First Base
DOB: June 30, 1986
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Mike Carp sure didn't have any complaints. But then again, how could he?

Not only did Carp experience the breakout Minor League season that had been predicted to be in the works for several years, but he also helped bring a pair of Florida State League championships – the sweep of both the first and second halves – to the St. Lucie Mets.

Then, it was off to Shea Stadium to collect the Sterling Minor League Player of the Year award – certainly a cool memento to display in any home for the foreseeable future – before hopping a jet from his California home on the way to Hawaii, off for a well-deserved trip to surf, sand and a first base role with the North Shore Honu of the island's Winter League.

"The year was amazing," Carp said. "It was basically like a dream season. I won two championships and not a lot of minor leaguers can say they've won a championship, winning the Florida State League championship as well as out in Hawaii. Being Player of the Year was also a pretty big shock as well."

A fourth-round selection of the Mets in the 2004 draft from Lakewood High School in California, Carp has emerged as one of the Mets' top hitting prospects and, arguably, the best first baseman in the system.

With room to develop physically, Carp simply needed it all to come together. Leaving behind a 2005 campaign that saw him hit 11 home runs in his first 26 games at Class-A Hagerstown before a wrist injury sapped his power, Carp batted .287 with 17 home runs and 88 RBI in 491 at-bats at St. Lucie.

He finished the year ranking second in the Florida State League in RBI, fourth with 141 hits and third with 221 total bases. Carp credited an offensive approach that allowed him to use the whole field as his biggest area of improvement.

Carp said he wasn't worried about a dip in his power numbers. Part of it was surely related to tougher Florida State League pitching, but Carp said his mindset wasn't on hitting home runs. He slugged 10 of his 17 homers at St. Lucie's Tradition Field.

"I was using the whole field, hitting doubles, and just trying to drive the ball real hard," Carp said. "Balls just carried out even though it was a big yard. I finished out near the top in home runs for the league. That's something I hope carries into next season. If I use that approach, I think good things will happen."

Still, it was in the field that Carp felt he made his biggest strides of 2006. Reputed as a solid but unspectacular defensive first baseman, Carp worked tirelessly with former St. Lucie manager Gary Carter, while also trying his hand at foreign positions to gain even more experience.

The results showed, as Carp posted the highest fielding percentage of his three professional seasons, a .989 mark. In 1,228 total chances, Carp committed 14 errors – three fewer than he had in 2005, over more than 500 less chances.

"(Carter) was hitting me ground balls every day," Carp said. "I was also taking ground balls at shortstop with Jose Coronado, just to improve footwork and agility type of stuff. Overall, I think that's what really paid off for my year."

After the season, Carp packed his bags for his first-ever trip to Hawaii. Appearing in 30 games for North Shore, Carp batted .299 with six doubles, two triples and 17 RBI.

Assigned to two days off per week while spending the remaining five playing in a league populated by elite pitching talent – including some top young International competition being showcased from Japan and other countries – Carp said he was in a platoon situation at first base, which was an adjustment.

"It started off kind of slow," Carp said. "It was kind of hard to adapt playing every third day. Once the playoff heat started picking up and finding your role, it was just a really good experience all together."

Such progress has not gone unnoticed. Carp was reportedly one of the prospects that Mets general manager Omar Minaya had been asked about when the team was looking for pitching at the July 31 trade deadline, and with Carp likely headed to Double-A in 2007, he'll likely soak up his share of newsprint gossip as long as he's with the organization.

"It's a great feeling," Carp said. "I've wanted this my whole life. My goal has always been to get to the big leagues. To be traded for a big leaguer would be an honor in itself, but I'd rather stay with the Mets. I think the Mets are going to be a team to be reckoned with for the next decade."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2006

St. Lucie

.287

491

141

17

88

69

2

51

107

.379

.450

2005

Hagerstown

.249

313

78

19

63

49

2

35

96

.358

.476

2004

GCL

.2671

191

51

4

26

30

2

22

51

.358

.393



Batting and Power. Carp's power numbers might have dropped in 2006, but he's becoming a more complete hitter and appears to be using the whole field more. His strikeouts are falling, and though he won't be a great contact hitter, he's a dangerous left-handed bat in the heart of an order.

Baserunning and Speed. Carp is a below-average baserunner who runs like a typical corner infielder. He's a smart baserunner who can pick his spots for a steal here and there – he had two in three attempts in 2006 – but his big league paychecks wouldn't be cashed for speed.

Defense. Carp was already serviceable at first base, but hours of hard work in the Florida sun have honed his skills and expanded his range. Likely headed for the Eastern League, he won't hurt teams in the field and is adept at scooping throws out of the dirt. Carp can make the routine plays.

Projection. Carp showed the Mets a lot in 2006 and his selection as the Minor League Player of the Year states that quite clearly. With extra-base power and room to still fill out a frame that reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle, Carp continues to project as a starting first baseman in the big leagues and a solid No. 5 hitter.

ETA. 2009. Carp will celebrate his 21st birthday in late June this year, and if he's with Double-A Binghamton, that puts him in prime position to begin knocking on the door of the big leagues. The Mets aren't in any rush to develop a first baseman with Carlos Delgado still slugging, but they can quietly let Carp do his thing as he waits in the wings. Carp would continue to be on pace to reach Shea Stadium in 2009 at the age of 22 or 23.

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Mike Carp
\r\nPosition: First Base
\r\nDOB: June 30, 1986
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 195
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nMike Carp sure didn't have any complaints. But then again, how could he?
\r\n
\r\nNot only did Carp experience the breakout Minor League season that had been predicted to be in the works for several years, but he also helped bring a pair of Florida State League championships – the sweep of both the first and second halves – to the St. Lucie Mets.
\r\n
\r\nThen, it was off to Shea Stadium to collect the Sterling Minor League Player of the Year award – certainly a cool memento to display in any home for the foreseeable future – before hopping a jet from his California home on the way to Hawaii, off for a well-deserved trip to surf, sand and a first base role with the North Shore Honu of the island's Winter League.
\r\n
\r\n\"The year was amazing,\" Carp said. \"It was basically like a dream season. I won two championships and not a lot of minor leaguers can say they've won a championship, winning the Florida State League championship as well as out in Hawaii. Being Player of the Year was also a pretty big shock as well.\"
\r\n
\r\nA fourth-round selection of the Mets in the 2004 draft from Lakewood High School in California, Carp has emerged as one of the Mets' top hitting prospects and, arguably, the best first baseman in the system.
\r\n
\r\nWith room to develop physically, Carp simply needed it all to come together. Leaving behind a 2005 campaign that saw him hit 11 home runs in his first 26 games at Class-A Hagerstown before a wrist injury sapped his power, Carp batted .287 with 17 home runs and 88 RBI in 491 at-bats at St. Lucie.
\r\n
\r\nHe finished the year ranking second in the Florida State League in RBI, fourth with 141 hits and third with 221 total bases. Carp credited an offensive approach that allowed him to use the whole field as his biggest area of improvement.
\r\n
\r\nCarp said he wasn't worried about a dip in his power numbers. Part of it was surely related to tougher Florida State League pitching, but Carp said his mindset wasn't on hitting home runs. He slugged 10 of his 17 homers at St. Lucie's Tradition Field.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was using the whole field, hitting doubles, and just trying to drive the ball real hard,\" Carp said. \"Balls just carried out even though it was a big yard. I finished out near the top in home runs for the league. That's something I hope carries into next season. If I use that approach, I think good things will happen.\"
\r\n
\r\nStill, it was in the field that Carp felt he made his biggest strides of 2006. Reputed as a solid but unspectacular defensive first baseman, Carp worked tirelessly with former St. Lucie manager Gary Carter, while also trying his hand at foreign positions to gain even more experience.
\r\n
\r\nThe results showed, as Carp posted the highest fielding percentage of his three professional seasons, a .989 mark. In 1,228 total chances, Carp committed 14 errors – three fewer than he had in 2005, over more than 500 less chances.
\r\n
\r\n\"(Carter) was hitting me ground balls every day,\" Carp said. \"I was also taking ground balls at shortstop with Jose Coronado, just to improve footwork and agility type of stuff. Overall, I think that's what really paid off for my year.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter the season, Carp packed his bags for his first-ever trip to Hawaii. Appearing in 30 games for North Shore, Carp batted .299 with six doubles, two triples and 17 RBI.
\r\n
\r\nAssigned to two days off per week while spending the remaining five playing in a league populated by elite pitching talent – including some top young International competition being showcased from Japan and other countries – Carp said he was in a platoon situation at first base, which was an adjustment.
\r\n
\r\n\"It started off kind of slow,\" Carp said. \"It was kind of hard to adapt playing every third day. Once the playoff heat started picking up and finding your role, it was just a really good experience all together.\"
\r\n
\r\nSuch progress has not gone unnoticed. Carp was reportedly one of the prospects that Mets general manager Omar Minaya had been asked about when the team was looking for pitching at the July 31 trade deadline, and with Carp likely headed to Double-A in 2007, he'll likely soak up his share of newsprint gossip as long as he's with the organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a great feeling,\" Carp said. \"I've wanted this my whole life. My goal has always been to get to the big leagues. To be traded for a big leaguer would be an honor in itself, but I'd rather stay with the Mets. I think the Mets are going to be a team to be reckoned with for the next decade.\"
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\r\n Year

\r\n

\r\n Team

\r\n

\r\n AVG.

\r\n

\r\n AB

\r\n

\r\n Hits

\r\n

\r\n HR

\r\n

\r\n RBI

\r\n

R

\r\n

\r\n SB

\r\n

\r\n BB

\r\n

K

\r\n

\r\n OBP

\r\n

\r\n SLG

\r\n

\r\n 2006

\r\n

\r\n St. Lucie

\r\n

\r\n .287

\r\n

\r\n 491

\r\n

\r\n 141

\r\n

\r\n 17

\r\n

\r\n 88

\r\n

\r\n 69

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n 107

\r\n

\r\n .379

\r\n

\r\n .450

\r\n

\r\n 2005

\r\n

\r\n Hagerstown

\r\n

\r\n .249

\r\n

\r\n 313

\r\n

\r\n 78

\r\n

\r\n 19

\r\n

\r\n 63

\r\n

\r\n 49

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 35

\r\n

\r\n 96

\r\n

\r\n .358

\r\n

\r\n .476

\r\n

\r\n 2004

\r\n

\r\n GCL

\r\n

\r\n .2671

\r\n

\r\n 191

\r\n

\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 26

\r\n

\r\n 30

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n .358

\r\n

\r\n .393


\r\n
\r\nBatting and Power. Carp's power numbers might have dropped in 2006, but he's becoming a more complete hitter and appears to be using the whole field more. His strikeouts are falling, and though he won't be a great contact hitter, he's a dangerous left-handed bat in the heart of an order.
\r\n
\r\nBaserunning and Speed. Carp is a below-average baserunner who runs like a typical corner infielder. He's a smart baserunner who can pick his spots for a steal here and there – he had two in three attempts in 2006 – but his big league paychecks wouldn't be cashed for speed.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Carp was already serviceable at first base, but hours of hard work in the Florida sun have honed his skills and expanded his range. Likely headed for the Eastern League, he won't hurt teams in the field and is adept at scooping throws out of the dirt. Carp can make the routine plays.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Carp showed the Mets a lot in 2006 and his selection as the Minor League Player of the Year states that quite clearly. With extra-base power and room to still fill out a frame that reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle, Carp continues to project as a starting first baseman in the big leagues and a solid No. 5 hitter.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2009. Carp will celebrate his 21st birthday in late June this year, and if he's with Double-A Binghamton, that puts him in prime position to begin knocking on the door of the big leagues. The Mets aren't in any rush to develop a first baseman with Carlos Delgado still slugging, but they can quietly let Carp do his thing as he waits in the wings. Carp would continue to be on pace to reach Shea Stadium in 2009 at the age of 22 or 23.
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