Carpenter jumped out of the gate in April, only to come back to Earth pretty hard in May when his ERA for the month was 5.63 in five starts. After getting himself settled back in, Carpenter again turned things around and didn't look back.
When all was said and done, Carpenter led all Phillies minor league pitchers in wins (17) and was third in both ERA (3.20) and strikeouts (116). His 14 innings of work in 2006 were replaced by 163 innings of work over the past summer and he showed the ability to move to the pen as well as pitch out of the starting rotation by pitching three games in relief and recording his first professional save. There doesn't seem to be any reason why Carpenter wouldn't move along to Double-A Reading in 2008 and it's likely that they'll keep him in the starting rotation.
The Phillies took Carpenter out of Long Beach State University in the third round of the 2006 Draft. He had another year of college eligibility left, but decided to take the money the Phillies were offering and signed a week after the draft. So, why were the Phillies so cautious with him that first summer? At Long Beach State in 2006, Carpenter started 16 games and averaged just over 7 innings per start, throwing 117.2 innings. Feeling that there was enough mileage on his arm from the college season, the Phillies just got his feet wet and figured on cranking him back up for the 2007 season. During his college year, Carpenter beat Rice's Joe Savery, who would go on to be the Phillies' first round pick the following June.
Carpenter has an above average splitter and a fastball and slider that he can locate well to set hitters up for the splitter. Both his fastball and slider developed well in 2007 and he's now got three quality pitches to throw and he's not afraid to throw any pitch in any count. The fact that he can throw them all for strikes and can eat up innings is something that the Phillies loved. He averaged just over 6 innings per start at Clearwater.