We all know the benefits that the Philadelphia Phillies have had with the acquisition of Cliff Lee, but now it’s the Indians turn.
Carlos Carrasco, the 6′ 3″ Venezuelan acquired in the deal that sent Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies, will start tonight in Detroit. The 22-year-old right-hander spent this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley (6-9, 5.18) and Columbus (5-1; 3.19). He is a strikeout pitcher, accumulating 148 in 157.1 innings pitched. Last year, Carrasco had 155 strikeouts, 13th greatest among minor league pitchers.
Carrasco has pitched in the Futures Game and was the Phillies # 2 best prospect and the 52nd best prospect overall, as rated by Baseball America. The Phillies did let a jewel go when they traded him as his upside was as the # 2 starter behind Cole Hamels.
Carlos Carrasco has a fastball that he normally throws at 92, but can top out at 95. His best pitch is his changeup which has a nice sink to it. His command of the strike zone is said to be above average for a young pitcher.
The young right-hander takes the place of David Huff in the Tribe’s rotation. Huff has reached his total innings pitched limit for the year and has been removed from the rotation (Do we baby pitchers today or what?).
Carrasco will face Edwin Jackson tonight for the Tigers. Jackson has been downright nasty since moving over from Tampa Bay last year. He’s 10-6, 2.96 on the season for Detroit.
At this point, it’s a wait and see game in picking up Carrasco for your fantasy baseball team. That is, unless you play in a keeper league. Carrasco is expected to compete for a starting job in the 2010 season and he’s a force to be reckoned with for the future.