Was born in Wurzburg, Germany, when his father Jim, a former United States Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) Deputy Commander, was stationed overseas...Played amateur baseball at Enterprise (Ala.) High School, lettering all four years while lettering two years in football...Played collegiate baseball at the University of South Alabama (2016-18), the same school as 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series MVP David Freese...Listed Matt Carpenter as his favorite athlete in his college bio...2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, batting .438 with a tournament-clinching walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Jaguars their first Conference Title since 2005 when David Freese was a member of the squad...Played for the Hyannis Mets in the 2017 Cape Cod League...Proposed to his wife, Aly, in New York City's Times Square in May 2022 as the Cardinals game vs. the Mets at Citi Field was postponed due to rain...Resides in Madison, Alabama with his wife, Aly.
Hits (110, second), runs (64, second), walks (60, first), doubles (21, third), RBI, (45, sixth), batting average (.281, fifth), on-base pct. (.394, first), times on base (184, first), total bases (148, sixth), hit by pitches (14, first), bWAR (4.1, second)...Finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting behind Braves teammates Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider...Recognized at second base on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, and Baseball Digest All-Rookie Teams, and was a finalist for the NL Outstanding Rookie in the MLBPA Players Choice Awards...Recipient of the inaugural Rawlings National League Utility Gold Glove Award. Became the first Cardinals rookie to win a Gold Glove and the first National League rookie to do so since Nolan Arenado with Colorado in 2013. ..Became the only MLB player in the modern era (since 1900) to start at four different infield positions in the first four starts of a career...Played every infield position and both corner outfield spots, appearing defensively at second base (264.1 innings), third base (189.0), right field (143.0), left field (144.0), first base (58.0)and shortstop (56.0). ..Is one of three rookies in MLB history (since 1900) to make 6+ starts at 6+ different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF) in a single season, joining 2014 Red Sox Brock Holt (seven) and 2018 Tiger Niko Goodrum (six). ..Committed just seven errors across 854.1 total innings, with 49 double plays, four outfield assists and a combined .982 fielding percentage...Accumulated nine Defensive Runs Saved, including eight at third base (T6th-among all MLB players)...Made starts in at least 16 games apiece at second base (32), third base (21), right field (16) and left field (16)...Also appeared in 16 games at DH (.270/.386/.324)...Played in 126 games overall, fifth-most on the Cardinals and most by a Cardinals rookie infielder since Pete Kozma (143 games in 2013). ..Drew 60 walks, most by a Cardinals rookie since Albert Pujols (69 walks in 2001)...Among MLB batters with 450+ plate appearances, ranked 7th in on-base percentage (.394), 8th in walks/strikeout ratio (0.86), and 14th in walk percentage (12.8) and pitches per plate appearance (4.18)...His .394 on-base percentage ranked 3rd all-time among Cardinals rookies behind Albert Pujols (.403 in 2001) & Stan Musial (.397 in 1942). Would have ranked 5th in the National League in OBP, but did not qualify...Among Major Leaguers with 90+ plate appearances with runners in scoring position, ranked 4th in OBP (.474) and 8th in batting average (.347), both team highs...Reached base safely in 99 of his 126 games played...Had success at Busch Stadium, batting .330/.439/.457 (62- 188) with a .896 OPS in 66 home games...Was hit by pitch 14 times, leading MLB rookies and most since Edmundo Sosa set the Cardinals record (17 in 2021)...Posted a .421 OBP vs. left-handed pitchers; seventh highest in MLB (min. 75 PA); second highest by a Cardinals left-handed batter behind Keith Hernandez (.456 OBP in 1980). ..Ran the count full (3-2) in 85 plate appearances, 5th among MLB rookies and 3rd-most by a Cardinals rookie (Carlson 110, Pujols 102) since 1988...Recalled from Memphis (AAA) on 4/25. Made his MLB debut that night vs. the Mets as a pinch runner, scoring from second base on a Tyler O’Neill two-run single...Hit first career grand slam at San Diego (9/22) for his 100th career hit; also was a game-winning-RBI. .Had 12-game hit streak from Aug. 17-30, longest by a Cardinals rookie since Stephen Piscotty (12 in 2015).
Played at three levels during the season, finishing the year at Memphis (AAA), playing in 108 games total... Played six different positions starting 103 games with 29 at third base, 27 at second base, 19 at first base, 16 in left field, 10 at shortstop and two in right field... Batted combined .304 with 12 HR and 66 RBI with 19 stolen bases in 27 attempts and a .399 on-base percentage... Ran off a 24-game on-base streak at Memphis (8/26-9/24), the longest by a member of the Redbirds during the season with a .464 OBP during the stretch... Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in batting (.304, 5th), on-base percentage (.399, 6th), OPS (.854, 7th), runs (73, 2nd), hits (119, 3rd), doubles (21, T-8th), RBI (66, 5th), total bases (178, T-6th), stolen bases (19, 3rd), walks (50, 6th), hit by pitch (14, 4th) and sacrifice flies (4, T-4th)... Named AAA East Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6-12), batting .474 (9-19) with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB and 8 runs... Hit his second career grand slam coming at Wisconsin (6/3), a two-out shot to give Peoria a 7-6 lead after trailing 6-2 entering the inning... Played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League where he appeared at five different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RF).
2021 POSTSEASON: Traveled with the Cardinals to Los Angeles as a member of the Taxi Squad for the 2021 Wild Card Game but was not on the official roster.