Graduated from Elkins High School in Prosper, Texas...was a 2004 baseball second team all-American and graduated as the school's all-time leader in hits...led his team to the USA Today Prep National Championship in 2002...played college ball at Texas Christian University... left as the TCU career leader in games played (241) and at-bats (843) and was a 3-time Mountain West Conference selection...hit two home runs in the 2009 Austin Super Regional vs. #4 Texas...named by the MLB Players Alumni Association as the Cardinals Heart and Hustle Award winner in 2013, 2014 and 2015, given to players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game...serves on the MLB player advisory board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the foundation dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs...his father, Rick, the baseball coach at Prosper (TX) High School, was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2014 and had Elkins High School baseball field named after him in 2015...his brother Tyler played college baseball at UT-San Antonio and two years in the Mets organization...Matt is one of a select few players who do not wear batting gloves...he and his wife, Mackenzie, and their daughter, Kinley, reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
Earned 3rd selection to the National League All-Star Team, but did not play due to injury...Led the Cardinals with a .380 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage...Hit 36 doubles in 2016 and has 168 over the past four seasons, the most of any MLB player...Became the first player in MLB history to start at least 40 games each at first base, second base and third base during a season in which he hit 20 or more home runs...Batted .377 in Interleague games, ranking 6th in MLB. His .339 career batting average in Interleague games leads active players and ranks 4th all-time...Ranked 7th in the National League with 81 walks. Is the only N.L. player with 80 or more walks in each of the last three seasons (2014-16)...Tallied his 4th-straight season with 70 walks and 30 doubles, joining Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson as the only three players in MLB to do so from 2013-16...Ranked T5th in MLB (T3rd NL) with 23 multiple walk games...Posted 32 multiple hit games and has 193 over the past four seasons (T8th MLB). • Hit three lead-off home runs in 2016 (5/10 at LAA, 8/10 vs. CIN, 8/24 vs. NYM) and has 12 in his career. Ranks T16th among active MLB players in lead-off HR...Has 42 home runs from No. 1 spot in the lineup over the last two seasons, ranking 3rd in the Majors behind Brian Dozier (49) and Charlie Blackmon (46)...Batted 3rd in eight games following Matt Holliday going on the DL (8/12), from 8/13-23, and was 7-32 (.219) with a double...Hit six triples, ranking 2nd on the team and his most since hitting seven in 2013...Was named National League Player of the Week (5/30-6/5), batting .560 (14-25) with five doubles, two triples, three RBI and an OPS of 1.497, included back-to-back four-hit games at MIL (5/30-31). Occured following the birth of his first child...Scored in a team-high seven straight games twice (9/5-11 & 6/3-10), matching his career high...Tied team-high with 3 BB in 1st career game batting in the No. 3 position at ARI (4/26)...Hit his first career walk-off home run vs. PIT (5/7), a two-run shot off A.J. Schugel...Recorded a career-high 6 RBI vs. COL (5/19), going 3-5 with two doubles...Reached base safely in 18 straight games (6/3-26) posting a .400 BA, .530 OBP and hit safely in 17 of the 18 games, with two walks in the game he did not record a hit...The Cardinals were 17-2 in games during which Carpenter homered...Doubled and scored in the 1st inning and connected for a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to lead St. Louis to a 6-4 win vs. PIT (5/7)...Carpenter was the first player in franchise history to hit a walkoff home run after having led off the first inning with an extra-base hit...last in MLB was Angel Pagan (SF) vs. COL 5/25/13...Compiled back-to-back four-hit efforts at Milwaukee (5/30-5/31), becoming the first Cardinal to achieve feat since Bernard Gilkey (6/30-7/1/1993 vs. PHI)...Recorded four-hit, four-run, two-triple, two-RBI game on 5/31 at MIL, becoming the 11th player in MLB history and the first since Atlanta's Willie Harris (7/21/07 vs. STL) to do so...Hit 11 doubles in May, tied for the National League high with Jon Jay and Jonathan Villar...Led the N.L. with a .491 OBP in June (T7th highest OBP mark in June in franchise history) and ranked T2nd in walks (23) and 10th in batting average (.349)...Tallied a extra base hit in 6-straight games 6/4-10, with a double in five straight games. Ranked T5th among MLB players in consecutive games with doubles...Hit two home runs and a triple for the first time in his career at SEA (6/26), the 2nd time in his career with 11 total bases (7/30/15 vs. COL)...Missed 24 games on the disabled list (7/7-8/4) with a right oblique injury...Hit game-tying pinch-hit HR (No. 18) in 9th inning at PIT (9/6) for his 1st career PH home run, and in the process set the team MLB single-season PH-HR record with 15. Was part of a three-home run barrage in the 9th inning in a Cardinals 9-7 comeback win...Homered on 3-0 count to give St. Louis the lead in final regular season game vs. PIT (10/2). His first career homer on a 3-0 count.
Led the team with 84 RBI and 28 home runs; the 28 home runs were a career high and most by a left-handed hitting STL third baseman in franchise history and the most by a STL left-handed batter since Jim Edmonds in 2005 (29)…Garnered votes for the Most Valuable Player Award by Baseball Writers of America (12th place finish)…Led the National League and St. Louis in doubles (44) and led the team in runs (101, 5th)…Collected 51 multi-hit games, T5th in the N.L. ..Had 7-straight multi-hit games 4/12-19 (.467, 14-30) and at least one in each game was an extra-base hit, the first since MIL's Paul Moliter in 1991 to do so (also 7 games) and joins Ripper Collins in 1935 as the only Cardinals to accomplish the feat…Had five-straight games with a double 4/13-18 (7 doubles)…Led the club in walks (81, 8th), on-base pct. (.365, 14th) and a career-high slugging pct. (.505, 8th)…Saw 4.22 pitches/plate appearance, 3rd in the N.L. and was 4th in the league in percentage of pitches taken (61.0)…Led the Cardinals with 14 game-winning RBI, T7th in the league…Batted .327 (36-110) with runners in scoring position, 12th in the N.L…Scored two+ runs in 21 games, the team going 17-4 in those contests…Hit five lead-off home runs, tying the club single-season record held by Lou Brock and Ray Lankford…In 80 games batting leadoff, hit .312 (98-314, 22 HR) with 22 HR to set a STL record, breaking Lou Brock's 1968 (21) mark. ..Played at second base for the first time since 2013 on 7/7 at CHI; made 9 starts and played 11 games at second…Started at first base on 8/27 for the first time since 2013, moved to 1st on two other occasions…Batted .293 with 22 hits vs. A.L. teams in 2015. Has a career .328 average in interleague play, the 2nd-highest among active players (min. 250 PA)…Had a 12-game hit streak 4/12-25 (.423) and was named National League Player of the Week during that span (week of 4/13-19). Also had a 10-game hit streak 8/4-14 (.368)…Missed four games due to extreme fatigue 5/7-10…Had his 1st career multi-HR game 7/30 vs. COL when he went 4-5 (2 HR, 2B) and scored 4 times. Had a season-high 4 RBI on 4 occasions (also 4/12, 5/5 & 9/23)…Was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on 9/17 at MIL…Named by MLB Player's Alumni Association as the Cardinals 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner, an honor he's received 3-straight years. One player from each MLB team is chosen based on their passion, desire and work ethic on and off the field.
Played in a single-season high 158 games, 5th in the National League...Named to National League All-Star Team by manager selection, but did not play. It was his second-straight All-Star selection...Ranked among N.L. leaders in runs (99, 3rd), at-bats (595, 10th), on-base percentage (.375, 7th), singles (119, T9th) and plate appearances per walk (7.46, 3rd)...Led the Cardinals with 162 hits (20th in N.L.) and 47 multi-hit games (T14th). Hit 33 doubles and recorded 43 extra-base hits...Led the National League with 4.37 pitches/plate appearance...Led the National League with 95 walks, which was also the highest single-season total by a Cardinals third baseman...Became the first Cardinals player to lead the N.L. in walks since Mark McGwire (1998), first Cardinals left-handed batter since Stan Musial (1953) and the first N.L. player with less than 10 HR to do so since Brett Butler (1991)...Ranked T3rd in the N.L. with a single-season best nine sacrifice flies. Has 23 sac flies over the past three seasons, T6th in MLB and 2nd in the N.L. (Posey, SF 24)...Led the majors in percentage of pitches taken (66.9) and ranked 3rd in N.L. in fewest pct. of swings and misses (11.9)...Batted .305 on the road, 8th in the N.L...Hit two lead-off home runs: 6/18 vs. NYM (Colon) & 7/22 vs. TB (Odorizzi)...Recorded a hit in 14 consecutive games, 5/18-6/1 (23-59, .390, 7-2B, 3B, 3 RBI), 2nd longest hitting streak on the team...Tallied a career-high 5 hits at KC (6/4)...Agreed to a six-year contract extension with the team on March 8, with a club option for a 7th year...Started all nine postseason games at third base...Hit four home runs during the postseason, T5th in Cardinals franchise history for a single postseason (6-Larry Walker and Albert Pujols in 2004, 5-David Freese and Pujols in 2011)...Went 6-16 during the Division Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers including 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBI...Had two hits in DS Game 1, a 6th inning solo home run and bases clearing double in the 7th that gave STL a 7-6 lead, both off Clayton Kershaw...Hit game-tying 2-run home run in the 8th during DS Game 2 and solo HR in Game 3, becoming the 1st ever Cardinal to hit a home run in 3 consecutive games of a single postseason series...Hit his 4th HR of the postseason with a solo shot in the 3rd of League Championship Game 2...All four home runs came from the leadoff spot, T3rd with Carl Crawford (LAD 2013) for the most all-time in a single postseason while hitting first in the order, trailing PHI Lenny Dykstra (6HR, 1993) and LAD Davey Lopes (5HR, 1978)...Led off LCS Game 4 with a double, his 8th extra-base hit of the postseason and all coming while hitting leadoff, tying him with OAK Rickey Henderson ('89), PHI Lenny Dykstra ('93) and NYY Derek Jeter ('09) for the most extra-base hits in a single postseason by a leadoff hitter.
Played in 157 games, batting lead-off in 136. Moved to leadoff role on 5/2 and remained there the rest of the season... Selected by vote of players to the National League All-Star team, his first selection. Came in the game at second base and was 0-for-2 at the plate... Led the Major Leagues in runs (126), hits (199), doubles (55), multi-hit games (63) and tied for the MLB lead with three-hit games (18)... Ranked among N.L. leaders in batting (.318, 5th), on-base pct (.392, 7th), walks (72, T9th) extra base hits (73, 3rd), total bases (301, 3rd), triples (7, 7th), singles (126, 5th) and sacrifice flies (7, T5th)... Honored with the Silver Slugger, presented by Louisville Slugger, awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league, voted on by Major League managers and coaches... His 55 doubles broke the Cardinals franchise record for a left-handed batter (Stan Musial, 53 in 1953). Became 21st player in MLB history with 55 or more doubles... 55 doubles also were the most by a Cardinals primary second baseman, eclipsing Rogers Hornsby's 46 in 1922 and most by a Cardinal since Albert Pujols' 51 in 2003 & '04... Batted .388 with runners in scoring position (45-for-116), ranking 4th in the N.L... Saw 4.12 pitches per plate appearance, 7th in N.L. and 2nd among primary N.L. lead-off hitters... Led N.L. in home batting (.360), and MLB in runs (70) and hits (112) at home. His 112 hits at Busch Stadium set a new stadium record... Posted .279 batting average with two strikes, the highest in the N.L., while his 37 RBI with two strikes ranked 5th in the league. Ranked 7th in the N.L. with 35 two-out RBI... His 63 multi-hit games were most by a Cardinal since Albert Pujols (63) in 2003... Became the first MLB player since Dustin Pedroia (2008) and sixth Cardinals player all-time to collect 50 doubles, 115 runs, and 180 hits in a single-season, joining Albert Pujols (2003 & 2004), Stan Musial (1946 & 1953) and Joe Medwick (1936)... His 69 RBI, 63 extra base hits, 110 runs, 178 hits and .486 slugging pct. were tops amongst all Major League leadoff men... His 69 RBI from the leadoff position were the most by a Cardinals #1 batter since Lou Brock had 76 in 1967 and his 63 extra base hits were the most since Brock had 66 in 1968... His 110 runs from the No. 1 position rank 2nd among Cardinals since 1974, trailing only Vince Coleman's mark of 121 in 1987...Tallied 30 or more hits in May (37), June (38), August (35) and September (38)... Put together career-best 18-game hitting streak (5/21-6/9), 2nd longest on the team and 6th longest in the National League... Set a Cardinals team record and tied an MLB record by getting hit by pitch three times in one game (6/4 vs. ARI)... Was a part of two of the Cardinals three back-to-back HR instances (4/26 wtih Carlos Beltran vs. PIT & 6/6 with Shelby Miller vs. ARI)... Turned 106 double plays, most by any N.L. middle infielder in 2013. Also played 42 games at 3B, two at 1B and two in RF... Started all 17 postseason games at second base...had a hit in 5 of 6 League Championship Series games vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers...reached base three times (2BBs, 1B) in LCS Game 1 and tripled in Game 2 to lead off the 1st...had RBI-2B in LCS Game 4 win to drive in team's first run of the game; also scored on Matt Holliday's home run...his 11-pitch at-bat in the 3rd inning of LCS Game 6 led to a double, he then scored the first run of the game; also had a sac fly...hit .296 (8-27) in the World Series vs. Boston with multi-hit games three times...his sac fly in WS Game 2 in the top of the 7th tied the game at 2...had two hits, scored both times during WS Game 3...singled twice and scored one of team's two runs in Game 4...had three hits in WS Game 6.
Spent his first full season in the Majors with St. Louis where he excelled off the bench. Made 30 starts at 1B, 22 at 3B, 10 in RF, three in LF and two at 2B. Twenty five of his 45 RBI came at home.
Had 11 pinch-hit RBI,T2nd in NL, and the most by a St. Louis rookie since Joe Frazier(15, 1954, team record). Was 8-for-31 (.258) as pinch hitter, 11 RBI and 5 doubles. Topped all National League rookies with a .365 on-base pct., finished 4th in batting avg.(.294),T4th in triples (5), 5th with 34 walks, 6th in slugging (.463), 7th in 2B's (22), 8th in RBI(46), T8th with 44 runs scored, T9th with 33 extra-base hits and 10th with 87 hits overall. Finished with 7 sacrifice flies, the most by Cardinals rookie since Albert Pujols had 7 in 2001. Ranked 3rd in all of MLB with .268 BA(44-164) when batting with two strikes. Injured his right oblique on 5/22 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list 5/23-6/22, missing 27 games. Played in six games between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) on a rehab assignment, going 4-17 (.235) with a home run and three RBI. Recorded first career stolen base on 7/24 vs. LAD. His HR snapped 6-6 tie in 4th inn. at CHI(7/27)& was GWRBI; had six GWRBI. Collected a career-best 4 hits twice: 4/15 vs. CHI and 8/12 at PHI. His season high hit streak occurred in September, hitting in 12-straight from 9/12-24 (17-42, .405, 3B, HR, 5 RBI). 2012 POSTSEASON: Had five pinch at-bats during the postseason...picked up an RBI,infield pinch-hit during the Wild Card game at Atlanta... came off the bench to play RF in Game 3 of the League Championship vs.San Francisco (Beltran injury) and hit 2-run HR in the 3rd to give Cards lead/win ... made his first postseason start in Game 4 of the LCS, starting at first-he walked twice, doubled, and scored twice...started Game 6 in SF at first base (Holliday injury) and reached base twice with single and BB.
Began the season in Memphis (AAA) after a solid spring training in which he batted .333 (17-51), 7 RBI in 21 games while
leading the team in triples (3)...Made 122 starts at third base and played in 130 games at Memphis, 2nd on the team in games played...Was purchased from Memphis on 6/3 and optioned back to Memphis following the game in Washington on 6/14...Made his Major League debut starting at third base vs. CHI (6/4)...Recorded his first Major League hit, a two-out double off Kerry Wood in the bottom of the 9th vs. CHI (6/4)...Started four of his seven games played in the Major Leagues, all at third base and was flawless in 13 total chances...Led the Pacific Coast League and all of Triple-A with 84 walks (ranked 8th in Minor League Baseball)...Ranked 4th in the PCL in on-base percentage (.417)...Batted .300 on the season, ranking 9th among Cardinals farmhands. Finished in the Cardinals Top 10 in on-base percentage
(.417, 1st), runs (61, 10th), hits (130, 5th), doubles (29, 3rd) and RBI (70, T5th)...Reached base safely in 27 consecutive games from 5/5 to 6/2, batting .300 (27-90) with an on-base pct. of .441 during run...Posted a career-best five hits going 5-for-6 vs. Omaha (7/19).
Named Cardinals 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, batting .309 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 31 doubles. Led all
Cardinals minor leaguers with 93 runs, 153 hits and a .418 on-base percentage. Also tallied 41 multi-hit games, including 17
three-hit games. ... Played in 133 games, beginning the season with 28 at Palm Beach (A), before being promoted to Springfield on 5/10, where
he played the rest of the season (105 games). ... Selected as a reserve to the North Squad in the Texas League All-Star game. Went 0-for-2, playing four innings at third base. ... Named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team as the designated hitter. ... Honored as the Texas League Player-of-the-Week twice (7/19-25, .345, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 runs) and (8/2-8, .593, 1 HR, 3 RBI,
10 runs, 2 SB). ... Ranked 4th in the Texas Lg. in batting (.316) and walks (64), 3rd in on-base percentage (.412) and 5th in runs scored (76). ... Posted an on-base streak of 26 consecutive games (7/30-8/25), the fifth longest in the Texas League. ... Tallied a career-high four hits in a game twice (7/13 vs. MID & 8/6 at TUL). ... Hit safely in 21 of his first 23 games upon promotion to Springfield (.400, 38-for-95) with 11 multi-hit games. ... Led Texas League third basemen with a .973 fielding percentage (8 E, 293 TC), including assists (222), total chances (293)
and games played at third base (104). ... Reached base safely in 25 of 28 games at Palm Beach including an 11-game hit streak (4/10-22) and a 10-game walk streak
Played in 70 games with three different affiliated teams,
playing 9 games in Batavia (SS-R), 29 in Quad Cities (A), before
finishing the season with 32 games at Palm Beach (A)...ascended
through three levels of the Cardinals system, making him the
highest promoted player from the 2009 draft class landing in
Palm Beach (A)...recorded a hit in his first professional game
(6/19 vs. AUB)...hit first professional home run off Tim Stronach
(8/28 at STL) of St. Lucie.