Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate junior catcher Charlie Carpenter became the 28th Spartan in school history to join the professional baseball ranks when he was selected in the 26th round as the 770th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves Wednesday in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
Carpenter is the first Upstate player to be drafted since Chad Sobotka and David Roseboom were selected by the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets respectively in the 2014 draft. He is the 15th player under the direction of current head coach Matt Fincher to be drafted.
"All the glory goes to God," Carpenter said. "I'm super thankful for the Braves thinking highly enough of me to pick me. It's a dream come true."
Carpenter, who was named First Team All-Conference, led the Spartans with a .357 batting average, 38 runs scored, 70 hits and 46 RBI with a team-best 19 multi-hit games. He set a new Division I record with 11 home runs, including a two-run walk-off home run over Quinnipiac on March 17 and a walk-off grand slam over Wofford on May 10 in a 6-5 victory. Carpenter ranked third in the ASUN Conference in batting average, RBI, home runs and total bases. Behind the plate, Carpenter threw out 21 would-be base stealers as the Spartans led the ASUN with 29 runners caught stealing.
In 2016, Carpenter hit .306 with 36 runs scored, 60 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 24 RBI in 51 games played.
In 2015, Carpenter was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and claimed a spot on the ASUN All-Freshman team. During his initial collegiate season, Carpenter led the Spartans with 44 RBI and had 12 multi-RBI games while batting .272 with 14 doubles and three triples while starting 52 of 53 games.
"We're all really happy for Charlie," head coach Matt Fincher said. "He's a player that has developed a great deal over the past three years. He had an excellent season this year. This is something that he's worked really hard for and I know he'll do well moving forward."