Carlos Carrasco, Starting Pitcher, Cleveland Indians, #59
Date of Birth: 3/21/1987
Birthplace: Barquisimoto, Venezuela
Carlos Carrasco, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2003. He played in the Phillies' minor league system from 2004 through half of 2009. He was traded to the Indians on July 29, 2009. He continued in the minors through most of 2010, joining the Indians for five games in 2009 and seven games in 2010.
Carrasco pitched in 21 games as part of the Indians' starting rotation in 2011. He had an 8-9 record and a 4.62 ERA in 124.2 innings. Before the season ended, he had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2012 season.
In 2013, Carrasco split his time between the minors and the Indians, pitching in just 15 games and 46.2 innings in the majors. He returned full time to the Indians in 2014 and he had his best season that year. He finished the 2014 season with a 2.55 ERA, an 8-7 record, and 140 strikeouts to 29 walks in 134.0 innings in 40 games.
On April 7, 2015, Carrasco signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension with the Indians. The agreement includes club options for 2019 and 2020. He finished the 2015 season with a career high 14 wins (to 12 losses), 216 strikeouts to 43 walks, and a 3.63 ERA in 183.2 innings in 30 games.
Carrasco finished the 2016 season with a 3.32 ERA in 25 games with the Indians. He had 11 wins to 8 losses and 150 strikeouts to 34 walks in 146.1 innings. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Carrasco had a 3.29 ERA in 32 games in 2017. He finished the season with a career high 18 wins (tied for first place in MLB with Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Jason Vargas), 6 losses, and a career high 226 strikeouts to 46 walks in 200.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 5.2 innings in 1 game and he gave up 3 hits and no runs.
Career pitching statistics for Carrasco through 2017 include:
- 175 games played
- 902.1 innings pitched
- 62-52 win-loss record
- 896 strikeouts to 235 walks
- 3.78 ERA