2011 In Review: Carlos Carrasco

Age 24 Season

2011 Salary: $415,800

Service Time (est): 1.034

2012 Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration

Options Remaining: One

How Acquired: Trade (Philadelphia, 7-29-2009)

If Opening Day was tomorrow: On 60-Day Disabled List and out for the season.

 

Repertroire: (via Fangraphs)

Pitch Percentage Avg. Velocity
Fastball* 57.8% 92.5
Slider 10.6% 83.9
Curve 11.9% 79.7
Change 19.7% 85.5

 

*Carlos throws both a two-seam and a four-seam fastball, but both pitches are included under the same category.

 

2011 Transactions/Injuries:

4-28-2011: Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (right elbow)

5-11-2011: Reinstated from 15-Day Disabled List

8-1-2011: Suspended by MLB for six games

8-8-2011: Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (right elbow)

9-6-2011: Transferred to 60-Day Disabled List (right elbow surgery)

 

This looked like the season in which Carrasco would break out. He closed the 2010 season with the Indians after spending most of the year in Columbus, and held his own in seven starts in September/October, and that finish earned him a spot in this year's rotation. He was the headliner of the Cliff Lee deal, and had an impressive arsenal of pitches, though at times he would rely more on his off-speed pitches than his fastball. He landed on the Disabled List in late April with a strained right elbow, but came back quickly, and pitch his best ball in May and June. After a clunker against the Rangers on June 2, he ran off a string of five Quality Starts in a row, highlighted by two straight starts in which the Indians won 1-0 (these were the Indians' only two victories in a span of twelve games).

 

 

Once the calendar hit July, though, he fell off dramatically, posting a 9.13 ERA during the month, and having especially bad start against the Royals on July 29th. He not only gave up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings, but would earn a suspension after throwing at Billy Butler's head. Unfortunately, he still has yet to serve the suspension, as after he dropped his appeal, he went on the Disabled List again with inflammation in his right elbow. As late as August, the Indians were hoping that he'd pitch before the season was over. But in early September, rumors of Tommy John surgery were surfacing, and on September 6th, he was scheduled for the reconstructive surgery. The ligament damage was not of a sudden nature (in other words, he didn't injure the ligament based on one throw) but appeared to be based on an injury Carrasco suffered as a teenager:

In conversations with Carrasco, 24, Soloff said it was learned that the pitcher suffered an elbow injury when he was around 14 years old. At the time, Carrasco sat out for roughly six weeks before throwing again. This season, the pitcher complained of discomfort on the outside of his elbow, rather than on the inside, where the injured ligament is located.

Soloff said one option was to scope the elbow -- removing loose bodies -- but that route would only provide temporary relief for the pitcher. After seeking multiple opinions, the Indians determined that pursuing Tommy John surgery was the best option for a pitcher considered to be a key part of the rotation's long-term plans.

Carrasco had the surgery on September 14th, and although he may start throwing in games again a year from now, it's more likely that he won't pitch for the Indians until the 2013 season.

2011 Pitching Log

Rk Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
1 Apr 2 CHW L,3-8 GS-7 L(0-1) 99 6.2 10 7 7 2 2 0 0 9.45 31 103 64 16 10 10 17 8 1 0 26
2 Apr 8 @ SEA W,12-3 GS-6 W(1-1) 5 6.0 4 1 1 3 6 0 1 5.68 25 99 55 11 9 7 8 2 1 0 63
3 Apr 13 @ LAA L,3-4 GS-7 4 7.0 5 3 3 2 5 1 0 5.03 26 90 59 18 11 9 10 2 0 0 58
4 Apr 18 @ KCR W,7-3 GS-7 4 6.1 7 3 3 1 4 0 0 4.85 26 93 65 8 9 7 14 9 1 0 50
5 Apr 24 @ MIN L,3-4 GS-3 5 3.0 6 2 2 2 1 0 0 4.97 14 56 33 10 2 6 5 2 1 0 38
May Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
6 May 11 TBR L,2-8 GS-5 L(1-2) 16 5.0 6 4 4 3 2 0 0 5.29 25 100 56 17 7 16 4 3 1 0 38
7 May 17 @ KCR W,7-3 GS-6 W(2-2) 5 5.1 5 2 2 2 5 0 0 5.03 23 97 60 10 9 10 6 1 0 0 53
8 May 22 CIN W,12-4 GS-7 W(3-2) 4 6.0 6 4 4 1 3 2 0 5.16 25 99 66 14 9 8 13 8 1 0 46
9 May 28 @ TBR W,7-3 GS-6 W(4-2) 5 6.0 7 2 2 0 4 1 0 4.91 25 94 62 20 7 11 10 1 2 0 54
June Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
10 Jun 2 TEX L,4-7 GS-6 L(4-3) 4 6.0 8 6 5 2 0 0 0 5.18 28 88 55 15 4 14 12 5 1 0 32
11 Jun 7 MIN W,1-0 GS-9 W(5-3) 4 8.1 3 0 0 1 6 0 0 4.52 28 104 72 20 13 15 6 0 2 0 82
12 Jun 13 @ NYY W,1-0 GS-7 W(6-3) 5 7.0 5 0 0 3 7 0 0 4.09 28 100 60 19 7 10 8 2 0 0 71
13 Jun 18 PIT W,5-1 GS-7 W(7-3) 4 6.1 4 1 1 1 4 0 0 3.87 24 102 66 14 9 12 7 2 0 0 64
14 Jun 24 @ SFG L,3-4 CG(8) L(7-4) 5 8.0 6 4 1 0 4 1 0 3.62 30 91 64 15 8 14 12 1 3 0 64
15 Jun 29 @ ARI W,6-2 GS-7 W(8-4) 4 7.0 4 2 2 0 7 2 2 3.54 27 106 69 20 9 8 10 3 3 0 68
July Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
16 Jul 5 NYY L,2-9 GS-4 L(8-5) 5 4.0 10 6 6 3 3 2 0 3.95 25 93 59 22 4 12 7 2 1 0 18
17 Jul 10 TOR L,1-7 GS-3 L(8-6) 4 3.0 7 5 5 2 4 1 0 4.28 18 72 47 12 10 6 6 2 1 0 27
18 Jul 16 @ BAL L,5-6 GS-7 L(8-7) 5 7.0 5 3 3 2 6 1 0 4.25 27 103 67 11 12 7 12 4 2 0 59
19 Jul 22 CHW L,0-3 GS-7 L(8-8) 5 6.1 6 3 3 4 6 1 1 4.25 30 102 66 11 8 5 14 5 3 0 51
20 Jul 29 KCR L,0-12 GS-4 L(8-9) 6 3.1 7 7 7 3 1 3 0 4.67 20 60 33 7 3 8 8 2 0 0 16
August Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
21 Aug 3 @ BOS L,3-4 GS-8 4 7.0 9 3 3 3 5 0 0 4.62 31 112 77 17 10 13 10 5 1 0 49
124.2 130 68 64 40 85 15 4 4.62 536
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2011.


Career Stats



Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2004 17 PHI-min Rk 5 4 .556 3.56 11 8 0 0 0 48.0 53 23 19 2 15 0 34 1.417 9.9 0.4 2.8 6.4 2.27
2005 18 PHI-min A,A-,Rk 1 10 .091 7.92 19 19 0 1 0 83.0 110 76 73 19 34 0 60 1.735 11.9 2.1 3.7 6.5 1.76
2006 19 PHI-min A 12 6 .667 2.26 26 26 0 2 0 159.1 103 50 40 6 65 0 159 1.054 5.8 0.3 3.7 9.0 2.45
2007 20 PHI-min AA,A+ 12 6 .667 3.86 26 25 0 2 2 140.0 114 64 60 17 68 0 102 1.300 7.3 1.1 4.4 6.6 1.50
2008 21 PHI-min AA,AAA 9 9 .500 3.69 26 25 0 1 0 151.1 146 73 62 14 58 1 155 1.348 8.7 0.8 3.4 9.2 2.67
2009 22 PHI-CLE-min AAA 11 10 .524 4.64 26 26 0 0 0 157.0 149 91 81 17 45 0 148 1.236 8.5 1.0 2.6 8.5 3.29
2009 22 CLE AL 0 4 .000 8.87 5 5 0 0 0 22.1 40 23 22 6 11 1 11 49 2.284 16.1 2.4 4.4 4.4 1.00
2010 23 CLE-min AAA 10 6 .625 3.65 25 25 0 0 0 150.1 139 69 61 16 46 0 133 1.231 8.3 1.0 2.8 8.0 2.89
2010 23 CLE AL 2 2 .500 3.83 7 7 0 1 0 44.2 47 20 19 6 14 1 38 104 1.366 9.5 1.2 2.8 7.7 2.71
2011 24 CLE-min AA 0 0 9.82 1 1 0 0 0 3.2 4 4 4 1 3 0 3 1.909 9.8 2.5 7.4 7.4 1.00
2011 24 CLE AL 8 9 .471 4.62 21 21 0 1 0 124.2 130 68 64 15 40 3 85 86 1.364 9.4 1.1 2.9 6.1 2.13
3 Seasons 10 15 .400 4.93 33 33 0 2 0 191.2 217 111 105 27 65 5 134 81 1.471 10.2 1.3 3.1 6.3 2.06
162 Game Avg. 10 15 .400 4.93 34 34 0 2 0 198 224 114 108 28 67 5 138 81 1.471 10.2 1.3 3.1 6.3 2.06
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.
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