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59 Carlos Carrasco RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/212 | Birthdate: 3/21/1987 | Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 61/45 | Average Draft Position: 304.44
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Carlos Carrasco turns in a strong start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco turned in a fine start Friday against the Astros.

Carrasco gave up one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. The only blemish against Carrasco during the start was a solo home run. In the top of the fifth, Marwin Gonzalez managed to take Carrasco out to right to start the scoring. Other than that, Carrasco was excellent against Houston. He was pulled after throwing 90 pitches. He left with the game tied, earning the no-decision.

Carrasco will take on the White Sox in his next start. 


Carlos Carrasco on the verge of breakthrough?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) Way back in 2011, I liked Carlos Carrasco as a sleeper in Fantasy. He was arguably the top player to come over from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee deal and had just put together a 3.83 ERA over seven starts as a September callup the year before.

Back then, he averaged more than 93 mph on his fastball, according to BrooksBaseball.net, which is impressive in its own right. But in Saturday's start against the Orioles, he averaged 97.1.

That's Yordano Ventura-type stuff, which is as good as it gets among starting pitchers.

Granted, velocity isn't everything, but a pitcher who consistently throws strikes with that kind of stuff will go a long way in this game. In two starts since rejoining the starting rotation, Carrasco has issued zero walks in 12 innings.

He's healthy for once and still has room to grow at age 27. And I need only point to Jake Arrieta as an example of a pitcher who figured it out later in his career. If you've already missed out Mike Fiers in your league, I'd say Carrasco is worth a flier.


Carlos Carrasco tosses strong start against Baltimore


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco tossed a great start against the Orioles Saturday.

Carrasco allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings of work. He struck out five and did not issue any walks. Carrasco gave up a leadoff single to open the game, but was able to pitch around it. All three of his hits came against the leadoff hitter in the first three innings. Despite those issues, Carrasco was able to get through the first three innings unscathed. He added an additional four scoreless innings before he was removed from the game.

With the win, Carrasco improved to 5-4. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start. 


Carlos Carrasco remains in rotation; will start Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will remain in the rotation moving forward, after shining in his start against the Yankees Sunday.  

Carrasco, who tossed five scoreless innings in his last outing, will start Saturday's game against the Orioles. Carrasco was considered a candidate to be skipped due to the team having two off days this week, but will be kept on turn. 


Carlos Carrasco outstanding in return to rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco tossed five scoreless innings in his return to the rotation Sunday, leading Cleveland to a 4-1 win against the Yankees. He allowed two hits and no walks, while striking out four.

Carrasco (4-4) allowed just two singles and retired the last 11 batters he faced. He made his first start Sunday since being banished to the bullpen in late April. He had gone 0-12 in his previous 17 starts since 2011, according to The Associated Press.

''When you play the Yankees, you feel it in your body,'' Carrasco said. ''You want to throw a shutout.''

The Indians have two off days this week, which means Carrasco might be skipped in the rotation.


Carlos Carrasco set to start Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will earn a start on Sunday against the Yankees, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The move could be temporary, since the Indians have two off days next week. Carrasco has made four starts this season. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 65 innings of work.

Indians might be forced to return Carlos Carrasco to rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Indians used right-hander Carlos Carrasco in relief of scuffling starter Josh Tomlin on Tuesday night against Cincinnati. The former could replace the latter in the rotation going forward, beginning Sunday against the host Yankees.

Tomlin has been a mess since tossing a complete-game one-hitter in Seattle. He has yielded 21 earned runs on 39 hits, including seven home runs, in 26 2/3 innings. His ERA has soared from 3.78 to 4.75 during that stretch.

Carrasco struggled worse than Tomlin as a starter, but the Indians could be forced based on the lack of an alternative to return him to a starting role. He has thrived out of the bullpen, yielding 11 runs in 42 1/3 innings.


Carlos Carrasco earns win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up a win in his second straight outing Saturday, striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 5-2 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the day's doubleheader.

Carrasco (3-3) has racked up six scoreless innings in July, and he's given up just two earned runs in 24 innings since May 21. Carrasco owns a 3.67 ERA and 55:15 K:BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings.


Carlos Carrasco picks up relief win Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up a relief win Thursday night at home against the Yankees.

Carrasco struck out one and needed only seven pitches to secure a perfect seventh inning for the Indians. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 55 1/3 innings of relief this season.

Carlos Carrasco earns first career save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up the first save of his career Monday, giving up just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Carrasco has done a great job over the past month while generally pitching more than one inning at a time. His current quality stretch leaves him with a 4.40 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Carlos Carrasco trying to accept loss of starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Carlos Carrasco expressed surprise and disappointment at his removal from the Indians starting rotation despite overwhelming statistical evidence that justified the move. Carrasco is 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts and has not won a game as a starting pitcher since 2011.

Carrasco, however, is trying to take the news in stride. "The more important thing is I'm going to continue to pitch," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Wherever they put me, I'm going to do my job. ... I'll just forget [starting] and do my job in the bullpen."

The right-hander has proven himself far more effective as a reliever, at least in limited opportunities. He won his only decision in that role last year with a 1.32 ERA.


Carlos Carrasco removed from starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was removed from the rotation, manager Terry Francona told reporters following Monday's 6-3 loss to the Angels, MLB.com reports.

Carrasco was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, instead, the team will go will Zach McAllister on short rest. Francona will look for a replacement in the near future and indicated that Carrasco will remain in the bullpen.

Carrasco allowed four-plus runs in each of his first four starts. He owns a 6.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP along with a 23:9 K:BB ratio over 22 innings pitched.

Carlos Carrasco meets with team over mechanics concerns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco met with manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway to address his concerns about his mechanics.

Carrasco worked with Callaway on raising his lead arm in his delivery to create more deception during the offseason. He picked up his third loss on Friday, allowing four runs over six innings pitched against the Giants. He felt as if his velocity went down with the raised slot and gained more velocity when he lowered his left arm.

Callaway showed Carrasco statistical data to support the raised slot.

"We talked to him this morning about it after reading his comments," Callaway said. "I think we're all on the same page on where we want his arm. We want it up. He's throwing harder when his arm is up. It just doesn't feel like it."

Indians not ready to remove Carlos Carrasco out of rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday was not a make-or-break start for pitcher Carlos Carrasco, and that he's not ready to make any decisions based on one start or game, WTAM 1100 radio in Cleveland reports.

Carrasco is off to a rough start this season. He owns a 7.31 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP along with a 17:8 K:BB ratio over 16 innings pitched. His next start will come against the Giants.

Carlos Carrasco has another rough start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco struggled again Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Carrasco went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Carrasco has now allowed at least four runs in each of his first three starts to open the season. 

Carrasco cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He gave up three hits to open the inning, including a run scoring single. After striking out Edwin Encarnacion, Carrasco gave up another run scoring single, and an RBI groundout. He gave up the fourth run on a single the following inning. The team managed to come back and win the game, but Carrasco did not factor into the decision.

Carrasco's next start will come against the Giants.


Carlos Carrasco pushed back to Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has had his next start pushed back to Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Carrasco was expected to pitch Wednesday, but he'll take on the Blue Jays next Saturday instead. He'll be available out of the bullpen for a few games.


Carlos Carrasco gets clobbered by White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco continued to struggle on Friday, suffering his second loss of the season in a 9-6 defeat to the White Sox. The right-hander was charged with five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Carrasco has allowed nine runs over his first 10 1/3 innings pitched. He will look to get back on track Wednesday against Kansas City.

Carlos Carrasco bad early, fine late in loss to Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Indians enigmatic right-hander Carlos Carrasco lived up to that reputation Saturday against Minnesota. He struggled to throw quality strikes early in giving up three runs in the first inning, including a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier, and two more in the third.

He then settled down, displaying the stuff that has intrigued the Indians for several years. He retired nine of the next 11 batters while fanning four.

Carrasco, however, was saddled with the loss. He surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox.


Carlos Carrasco earns place in Indians rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) One bad spring start could not prevent Carlos Carrasco from landing the final spot in the Indians rotation. But one bad spring start might have cost Josh Tomlin the same.

Carrasco rebounded from that awful start with a decent one Monday. Tomlin, who had been brilliant in exhibition play, struggled on Tuesday. Carrasco was named the starter Wednesday, per WTAM-1100.

Tomlin was also the victim of having another minor league option left. Carrasco is out of options.

The Indians like the electric stuff of Carrasco moreso than the pinpoint control that Tomlin often brings to the mound and is required of him to be successful. Carrasco has performed better out of the bullpen in the past, but his 97-mph fastball and baffling movement on his breaking pitches motivated the team to give him another chance as a starter.


Carlos Carrasco posts quality start vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed three earned runs on nine hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 8-3 win over the Reds Monday.

Carrasco is one of two candidates remaining for the final spot in the team's regular-season rotation, and his performance Monday will likely strengthen his case. He owns a 5.17 ERA and 16:3 K:BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.


Indians down to two candidates for fifth spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Indians announced Monday they optioned starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus, taking him out of the running for the final spot in the team's rotation. The battle for the final spot is now between Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco.

Carlos Carrasco admits greater comfort pitching in relief


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Enigmatic Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who appears to be looking on the outside looking in at a rotation spot, admitted Friday that he felt more comfortable pitching out of the bullpen last season, per WTAM-1100. But he added that he would like to be a starter this year.

Carrasco was performing well in the latter role in spring training before getting pounded in his last start. He might have already lost the job to more consistent Josh Tomlin, though he might get another chance to right himself and put himself back into the competition.

The right-hander who turned 27 on Friday was lights-out in relief in 2013 and downright terrible as a starting pitcher. He appears destined for a bullpen role to start this year.


Carlos Carrasco struggles vs. A's Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco surrendered eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings in his team's 13-3 loss to the A's Wednesday.

Carrasco is competing for a rotation spot this spring and didn't do himself any favors Wednesday, as he fell well short of finishing five innings as scheduled. "We started off an inning where we didn't convert a play. But then he didn't limit the damage," manager Terry Francona told MLB.com regarding Carrasco. "I thought he worked away from his fastball a little bit. It's a frustrating outing. The good part is it was Spring Training, but we're looking for him to build. It was a little disappointing."

Carrasco had been excellent previous to Wednesday's meltdown, as he entered the day with just one earned run allowed in seven innings while striking out nine and walking one. Hopefully he'll bounce back strongly in his next appearance.


Indians flop Wednesday roles for pair of pitchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Indians have scrapped their original plan of having Danny Salazar relieve Carlos Carrasco against Oakland on Wednesday. They have flip-flopped the two starters.

Carrasco is battling Josh Tomlin and perhaps Aaron Harang for the fifth spot in the rotation. Salazar is set, but his innings have been limited this spring to keep him stronger for later in the season.


Carlos Carrasco fans six in three innings against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Only a two-run homer marred a strong performance against the Cubs on Friday by Indians rotation hopeful Carlos Carrasco, who seems to have a leg up on the fifth spot.

Carrasco struck out six in three innings while yielding three hits and no walks. Both runs against him were unearned. He has yet to surrender an earned run in five innings this spring.

He is battling Josh Tomlin, Aaron Harang and Trevor Bauer, all of whom have been impressive. But Terry Francona is leaning toward Carrasco, who boasts impressive stuff and is without a minor league option.