David Carpenter traded to Yankees

David Carpenter becomes the newest member of the New York Yankees. Photo via braves.mlb.com
David Carpenter becomes the newest member of the New York Yankees. Photo via braves.mlb.com

Former West Virginia University pitcher David Carpenter has been traded along with Chasen Shreve to the New York Yankees in exchange for Manny Banuelos.

This will be the third stop in the big leagues for the East Fairmont High School graduate, who was drafted in the 12th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006.

Carpenter, a 6’2″, 230 pound pitcher made his rookie debut for the Houston Astros in June of 2011, where in two years he appeared in 64 games, posting a 1-5 record. While in Houston, Carpenter struck out 56 batters in 57.1 innings pitched and picked up one save.

After a very brief stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, Carpenter joined the Atlanta Braves for the 2013 season, where he has played the last two seasons, appearing in 121 games and had a record of 10-5.

Last season Carpenter posted impressive numbers, appearing in 65 games and posting a 3.54 ERA. Carpenter also picked up three saves and had a 1.26 WHIP.

In all, Carpenters career numbers of 11 wins and 10 losses along with a 3.62 ERA.

Carpenter will join former battery-mate Brian McCann in pinstripes, who, according to the New York Post, gave Carpenter a strong endorsement.

Carpenter, the only current big-leaguer in the deal,  adds a needed right handed pitcher to a Yankees team that just traded away right-handers Shawn Kelley and David Phelps.

The player who the Braves receive in return is Manny Banuelos, a 23 year-old left handed pitcher who was a highly touted prospect out of Mexico.

Banuelos had Tommy Johns surgery after the 2012 season and missed all of 2013.

Carpenter posted on his Twitter page upon hearing about the trade:

I’m thankful for the opportunity the gave me over the last two years and for the love and support of thank y’all.

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