The last 12 months have been a tremendous ride for Mike Carp. On February 20, 2013, he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners after they designated him for assignment. Not only did Carp earn a Red Sox roster spot after he was not guaranteed one last spring, he was a contributor on the eventual World Series Champion’s team.
No matter what position manager John Farrell placed Carp last season, he played it exceedingly well. In his 43 outfield chances, he did not make a single error. Carp was the Red Sox utility man last season as he played 41 games in left field, 29 at first base, five as a designated hitter and two in right field.
Not only was Carp a good player in the field, he was also valuable at the plate. In his 216 at-bats last season, he hit .296 with nine homeruns and had an impressive OPS of .885. It didn’t matter if David Ortiz, Mike Napoli or any of the outfielders needed a day off, Carp was ready when his number was called.
Carp also made an impact in pitch hit situations last season. In a game last September against the Tampa Bay Rays, Carp connected on a game-winning pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.
The Red Sox are lucky to have a left-handed bat like Carp who is versatile enough to play a number of different positions. Carp may not be the most well-known Red Sox player, but he certain showed last season why he belongs on their team.