Former Mountaineer David Carpenter is back in the major leagues. Carpenter opened the season with the Houston Astros before being demoted to AAA Oklahoma City on May 15.
Carpenter appeared in 14 games with the Astros going 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in those appearances. He appeared in four games at Oklahoma City.
"They felt he was throwing the ball well enough to be called up," Astros Manager Brad Mills said.
Carpenter was a catcher throughout his entire college career and began his professional career at that position before the St. Louis Cardinals made him a pitcher. He eventually wound up in the Houston Astros organization and quickly moved his way up the ranks of minor league baseball last year before making his major league debut in 2011.
Carpenter is currently a relief pitcher with the Astros. He told WVi last month that he would like to eventually become a closer.
Carpenter, a Fairmont native, was still with the Astros when the team was in Pittsburgh for a three-game series against the Pirates. It gave his family and friends an opportunity to see him play at PNC Park. Read more about that visit here.