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Carpenter throws perfect game for Clearwater

It was 21 up, 21 down for 2006 draft pick Andrew Carpenter, who threw seven perfect innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep for the Clearwater Threshers. Carpenter, 22, struck out seven to finish the season with a club-record 16 wins.

TGP contributor FTN414 posted a story Monday morning on his PhuturePhillies site, asking whether readers thought Carpenter or J.A. Happ was a better prospect. Despite this gem, and his great work all season (Carpenter finishes with a 3.27 ERA to go with his 16-6 record), Carpenter still might not be the better bet; FTN writes elsewhere, "Carpenter's strength is he has four good pitches, zero great ones, and decent command." This sounds a little like Kyle Kendrick to me, which works pretty well when backed by an offense like the Phillies, but Carpenter's groundball/flyball ratio is almost 1:1 while Kendrick has more pronounced groundball tendencies.

Whatever the future holds, though, congrats to Drew Carpenter on a great season topped by a masterpiece.

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