March 27, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #25 Carlos Carrasco

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #25 | Carlos Carrasco | Phillies

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| February 11, 1987 (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)

| Not Available

| 6'3''

| 215 lbs.

2008 Ranking | 38

Despite having what many would call an overall disappointing 2008 season, I still see a lot of promise in Carlos Carrasco. Signed out of Venezuela as a non-drafted free agent on Novermber 25, 2003 by the Phillies, Carrasco has put together a very solid professional career. At the end of the 2007 season and much of 2008, Carrasco spent time with the Reading Phillies in the Eastern League, the Phillies Double-A affiliate. In both stints, he struggled quite a bit, but the Phillies decided to promote him anyways and showed flashes of brilliance in Triple-A, much like he did in Single-A. He has a good arsenal of pitches that project well in the Major Leagues including a low-mid 90's fastball to go along with a great change-up. The Phillies have considered him for the 5th spot in their rotation, but I think that he'd be best suited to start the 2009 season in Triple-A.

2008 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP     FIP
AA         7      7     4.32   114.2    109      45      1.34    4.11
AAA 2 2 1.72 36.2 46 13 1.36 2.19

2009 Outlook
Carrasco still has an opportunity to win a rotation spot for the Phillies, but I expect him to start the season in Triple-A. Regardless, he should be making his Phillies debut at some point this season.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Slider
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival