Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 14 Matt Carpenter
When the season started, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter only had 311 at-bats to his career credit. In the sea of big fish MLB elite he was a mere babe and yet he finds himself at No. 14 on Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Player of 2014. That is possible simply because of the crazy season this guy put up. He had arguably the best season of any second baseman across all of the major leagues.
Looking at the numbers doesn’t always tell the story but it does in this case. Carpenter’s 126 runs scored, 199 hits and 55 doubles not only led the national league but those along with his .318 batting average and 7 triples were all better than Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano’s respective marks. I’ll pause while we all read that again. There is no mistaking it. This guy has got the tools and showed it all season long.
It will be a while before the money suggests it but his play on the field is where it matters and that already has him among the top second baseman in all of baseball. Looking at the stats above again you can clearly see an argument for him having the best season of any other MLB second baseman. For the sake of argument, his WAR of 6.6 was above Pedroia’s 6.5 and just below Cano’s 7.6. I don’t think Carpenter has any doubters left at this point but if he does maybe this will convince them he’s the real deal.