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Mike Carp called up to Mariners after hitting .358 at Triple-A

Jun 8, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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In an effort to boost their terrible offense the Mariners have called up first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp from Triple-A, where he hit .348 with 19 homers and a 1.069 OPS in 57 games.

That type of production obviously screams out for an opportunity, but it’s worth noting that Carp is also 25 years old and this was his third season at Triple-A.

Last season he hit 29 homers in 110 games there, but it came with a .257 batting average. And the season before that he batted .271 with 15 homers and an .818 OPS in 110 games.

He’s far more likely to be a solid platoon player than anything resembling a star, but it also won’t take much for Carp to be a big upgrade for a lineup that ranks dead last among AL teams in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

  1. spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    I say trade him to the Feesh!

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Paging Dustin Ackley…pack your bags, son.

  3. emeraldcityfan - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    The J.J Putz, Sean Green, and Jeremy Reed trade that keeps on giving. Thanks Mets!

  4. clydeserra - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Where are they going to play him? Don’t they have Smoak?

    • frightwig - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      It will be interesting to see how they use him. Although the M’s need a boost on offense, there isn’t an obvious place to put Carp on a regular basis, right now.

      He could take starts away from Peguero, who has a lousy avg/obp because he swings hard at practically everything, but he’s also a power source in the lineup because he swings so hard at practically everything–and he’s been hot lately.

      He could replace Cust, but he’s been doing exactly what he was signed to do over the last month.

      He could take starts away from Smoak, who has been slumping lately, but he’s been the best hitter in the lineup over the season–and you wouldn’t want to mess with the young guy’s rhythm and confidence too much, anyway.

      Or he could push the slumping Ichiro to the bench now and then, but that won’t happen all that often. We are talking about Ichiro.

      I guess Wedge will have to do some juggling, or else Carp will be stuck on the bench just like Wilson was most of the time.

  5. henryd3rd - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Let’s see what he does against Major League pitching! As bad as Seattle has been hitting anyone would be and upgrade. But let’s be serious the dude is 25 years old and he was still in the minors. That in it’s self raises some serious questions about his ability and that of Seattle management to gauge talent. Who knows he might be another Jose Bautista waiting his turn at immortality?

    • frightwig - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Or, if the M’s stash him at Tacoma for 2-3 more years, he could even turn out to be the next Mike Morse! (Traded away for Ryan Langerhans, btw, if anyone has trouble remembering.)

    • seattlej - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Edgar Martinez didn’t get a shot until he was 26. Ryan Howard: 25; Chase Utley: 25. Those are three that immediately jump to mind. Age isn’t everything; some players develop late and some just don’t get a shot through no fault of their own (Edgar).

      That being said, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Carp turns out to be anything more than a AAAA slugger.

  6. Panda Claus - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    What took so long? Trying to avoid Super-2 (guess)? Someone hitting that well you don’t stash in the minors when your team’s average isn’t all that high.

    • seattlej - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      He’s gotten playing time with the Ms in 2009 and 2010, so it wasn’t a super-2 concern. My guess would be that they have Smoak at 1B and Cust at DH. Yeah, it says he’s an outfielder, but he’s the type of outfielder that can’t really play the outfield.

      Cust is actually a pretty good guy to comp Carp to, though maybe not quite as extreme on the BBs and Ks… and they’re both horrific in the OF.

  7. Ryan Lansing - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    The Angles have Mike Trout, the M’s have Mike Carp… When are the A’s going to sign Mike Bullhead?

    • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      One should never forget Tim Salmon.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Just wait for Joey Carcharodon.

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