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October 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Top 40 Season in Review: Chris Carpenter, Ty Buttrey

#22: Chris Carpenter, RHP
2012 Teams: Gulf Coast League Red Sox/Greenville Drive/Portland Sea Dogs/Pawtucket Red Sox/Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: Minors - 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 4 SV, 25 K, 10 BB, 21 2/3 IP
Majors - 1-0, 9.00 ERA, 10 BB, 2 K, 6 IP

2012 Season in Review: Carpenter had a whirlwind beginning to his 2012 season, being sent to the Red Sox as the compensation for Boston allowing Theo Epstein to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs. Shortly after the beginning of spring training, Carpenter underwent right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs. This procedure shelved Carpenter until early July, when he began his rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox. After quick stops in Greenville and Portland, Carpenter eventually landed in Pawtucket and flourished in the PawSox bullpen. In 16 appearances, Carpenter compiled a 1.15 ERA with four saves, 17 strikeouts, and eight walks in 15 2/3 innings pitched. The 26-year-old right-hander finished the season with Boston, struggling with his control (10 walks in 6 innings pitched) and consistency, a problem that had plagued him in past seasons.

2013 Outlook: Carpenter has an option year remaining and will likely contend for a bullpen spot with Boston during spring training. While Carpenter possesses a plus fastball which can range from 95-100 mph, he needs to refine his secondary pitches in order to live up to his potential. 2013 will be a pivotal year for Carpenter, as he needs to show better control and reduce his walks to stick in the majors. Should Carpenter be able to hone his control, he could prove to be a key member of the major league bullpen. 


#21: Ty Buttrey, RHP
2012 Teams: Gulf Coast League Red Sox
Final Stats: 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB. 

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2012 Season in Review: Buttrey was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and was widely considered to be a tough sign out of Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C. Ranked highly by many draft experts, Buttrey eventually signed with the Red Sox for $1.3 million dollars, significantly higher than the slot value of $291,300 for the 151st overall pick, where he was selected. Buttrey features a fastball that can reach 96 mph as well as a solid knuckle-curve and a developing changeup. Buttrey began his professional career in early August and only made four brief appearances with the GCL Red Sox, and participated in the Fall Instructional League.

2013 Outlook: Buttrey could be placed with Greenville to begin 2013 and will look to really show his arsenal and compete against an advanced level of hitting. The primary goal at this stage of his development will be for him to adjust to the professional season, pitching every fifth day and lasting physically for the full five and a half months.

Photo Credit: Chris Carpenter by Kelly O'Connor and Ty Buttrey by William Parmeter.