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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

August 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Carp has ranked among MLB’s best hitters since his return from minors

Here is today’s Mariners’ minor-league report, back by popular demand.

Since he returned from Tacoma for his second stint with the Mariners, Mike Carp has been a hitting machine.

Starting from July 19, when he served as the designated hitter and got three hits, including two doubles, in his return to the Mariners, Carp has barely slowed down. In 25 games, while playing DH, first base and left field, Carp entered Wednesday’s game with a .376 average, .411 on-base percentage, .634 slugging percentage, 1.045 OPS, six homers and 26 RBIs since he came back up and began receiving regular playing time. He was also riding a 16-game hit streak (which became 17 with a fourth-inning single Wednesday, the Mariners’ first hit off Brandon Morrow).

Those are big-time numbers, reminiscent of the hot stretch he unleashed in Tacoma that earned him his first promotion in June. But he received sporadic playing time in his first Seattle stint, hitting .200/.333/.257 in 15 games, with no homers and RBIs.

Putting aside the question of how the Mariners would have fared if they had played Carp regularly from the start and stuck with him, I was curious where Carp ranked among all major-league hitters since he rejoined the club. With the help of Fernando Alcala of the Mariners’ PR staff, I was able to find the answer: Pretty darned well. He hasn’t been the best hitter in baseball over that span — that would be Justin Upton, Troy Tulowitzki or Dan Uggla — but Carp is definitely up there with the big boys, particularly among American Leaguers.

It’s still a relatively small sample size, but it’s getting larger by the day (funny how that works). Carp is definitely making a very strong case to be included in the Mariners’ plans for next season. In fact, I’d say it’s virtually a done deal.

Here are those numbers:

Batting average

All MLB

1, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, .422 (43-for-102)

2, Hideki Matsui, A’s, .402 (41-for-102)

3, Michael Young, Rangers, .402 (45-for-112)

4, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, .392 (40-for-102)

5, Mike Carp, Mariners, .376 (38-for-101)

6, Ryan Braun, Brewers, .375 (36-for-96)

6, Melky Cabrera, Royals, .375 (39-for-104)

6, Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox, .375 (39-for-104)

6,, Dan Uggla, Braves, .375 (39-for-104)

10, Mike Morse, Nationals, .374 (34-for-91

American League

1, Matsui .402

2, Carp .376

3, Cabrera, .375

4, Gonzalez, .375

5, Cliff Pennington, A’s, .367 (29-for-79)

6, Mike Napoli, Rangers, .364 (32-for-88)

7, Yorvit Torrrealba, Rangers, .361 (30-for-83)

8, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, .358 (39-for-109)

9, Robinson Cano, Yankees, .346 (37-for-107)

10, Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, .344 (31-for-90)

On-base percentage

1, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, .483

2, Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, .459

3, Alex Avila, Tigers, .454

4, Hideki Matsui, A’s, .452

5, Cliff Pennington, A’s, .446

6, Michael Young, Rangers, .443

7, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, .438

8, Mike Napoli, Rangers, .434

9, Lance Berkman, Cardinals, .432

9, Paul Konerko, White Sox, .432

26, Mike Carp, Mariners, .411

American League

1, Encarnacion, .459

2, Avila, .454

3, Matsui, .452

4, Pennington, .446

5, Young, .443

6, Napoli, .443

7, Konerko, .432

8, Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox, .427

9, Nick Swisher, Yankees,.422

10, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, .418

14. Carp, .411

Slugging percentage

1, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, .833

2, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, .755

3, Dan Uggla, Braves, .740

4, Ryan Braun, Brewers, .677

5, Mike Morse, Nationals, .659

6, Albert Pujols, Cardinals, .644

7, Desmond Jennings, Rays, .640

8, Mike Napoli, Rangers, .636

9, Mike Carp, Mariners, .634

10, Robinson Cano, Yankees, .626

American League

1, Jennings .640

2, Napoli .636

3, Carp, .634

4, Cano, .626

5, Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, .611

6, Hideki Matsui, A’s, .608

7, Melky Cabrera, Royals, .606

8, Curtis Granderson, Yankees, .604

9, Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, .583

10, Paul Konerko, White Sox, .579

OPS (on-base plus slugging)

All MLB

1, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, 1.271

2, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 1.238

3, Dan Uggla, Braves, 1.158

4, Michael Morse, Nationals, 1.089

5, Ryan Braun, Brewers, 1.085

6, Mike Napoli, Rangers, 1.071

7, Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1.070

8, Hideki Matsui, A’s, 1.060

9, Desmond Jennings, Rays, 1.056

10, Mike Carp, Mariners, 1.045

American League

1, Napoli, 1.071

2, Encarnacion, 1.070

3, Matsui, 1.060

4, Jennings, 1.056

5, Carp, 1.045

6, Robinson Cano, Yankees, 1.023

7, Paul Konerko, White Sox, 1.011

8, Michael Young, Rangers, 1.005

9, Melky Cabrera, Royals, .997

10, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, .978

Home runs

1, Dan Uggla, Braves, 12

2, Albert Pujols, Cardinals, 10

2, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, 10

4, Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 9

4, J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 9

6, Billy Butler, Royals, 8

6, Curtis Granderson, Yankees, 8

6, Ryan Howard, Phillies, 8

6, Mike Stanton, Marlins, 8

6, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 8

6, Josh Willingham, A’s, 8

Tied 17: Mike Carp, Mariners, 6

American League

1, Ellsbury, 9

1, Hardy,9

3, Butler, 8

3, Granderson, 8

3, Willingham, 8

6, J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays, 7

6, Evan Longoria, Rays, 7

6, Mark Reynolds, Orioles, 7

6, Mark Teixeira, Yankees, 7

10, Carp, 6

10, Robinson Cano, Yankees, 6

10, Jason Kipnis, Indians, 6

10, Mike Napoli, Rangers, 6

10, Carlos Quentin, White Sox, 6

RBIs

All MLB

1, Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, 29

2, Billy Butler, Royals, 28

3, Dan Uggla, Braves, 27

4, Mike Carp, Mariners, 26

4, Robinson Cano, Yankees, 26

4, Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 26

4, Curtis Granderson, Yankees, 26

8, Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 24

9, Jay Bruce, Reds, 23

9, Jesus Guzman, Padres, 23

9, Michael Young, Rangers, 23

American League

1, Butler, 28

2, Carp, 26

2, Cano, 26

2, Ellsbury, 26

2, Granderson, 26

6, Young, 23

7, Hideki Matsui, A’s, 22

7, Mark Teixeira, Yankees, 22

7, Mark Trumbo, Angels, 22

10, Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 21

10, J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 21

10, Derek Jeter, Yankees, 21

10, Evan Longoria, Rays, 21

10, David Ortiz, Red Sox, 21

10, Carlos Quentin, White Sox, 21

10, Josh Willingham, A’s, 21

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