We continue the list today with number 59 in our countdown with Gonzaga LHP Ryan Carpenter. He is a 6-5 215 pound lefty from Peoria Arizona where he attended Cactus High School. He picked up four letters there as he went 10-2 with a 1.20 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched his senior season also tossed two no-hitters and two one-hitters his senior season. He was named to All-State first team and West Valley League Player of the Year. He was selected in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 21st round but decided to head to Gonzaga.
Carpenter stepped right into the rotation in 2009 making 15 appearances with 12 starts. He finished the season with a 6-4 record including an ERA of 5.26 and 68 strikeouts in 65 innings of work. He also struggled as opponents had a .293 average off of him in the last campaign. He pitched the summer of 2009 with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots where he made 10 appearances (9 starts) as he had a 2-2 record with a 0.67 ERA including 54 strikeouts in 40.1 innings of work. He become much better getting hitters out as they only hit .135 against him. Baseball America rated Carpenter as the second best prospect in the Alaskan League.
If Carpenter continues to show his improvement over the summer, then he will be able to lead the Bulldogs to a potential NCAA bid in 2010.
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