The Rakuten Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League have signed left-hander Ryan Carpenter, as per the CPBL Stats website. Carpenter became a free agent after being released by the Tigers in September.
The 27-year-old southpaw has an 8.57 ERA, 2.35 K/BB rate, and 5.7 K/9 over 63 career innings in the majors, all with Detroit from 2018-19. Carpenter was bedeviled by the long ball during his brief time in the big leagues, allowing 20 homers over his 63 IP (an ugly 2.9 HR/9). Home runs weren’t nearly as big an issue for Carpenter over his 919 2/3 career minor league frames, as he had a moderate 1.0 HR/9 to go with a 4.48 ERA, 3.31 K/BB rate, and 7.9 K/9.
Originally a seventh-round pick for Tampa Bay in the 2011 draft, Carpenter pitched in the minors with the Rays, Rockies, and Tigers before getting his big league debut in 2018. He’ll now start a new chapter of his career overseas, joining former Major Leaguers Radhames Liz and Zeke Spruill on the Monkeys’ roster.