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Carlos Carrasco | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Carlos Carrasco pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball against the Orioles in Saturday's 6-0 win.
Carrasco only allowed six hits in the game. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Carrasco has always been a pitcher who has had the "stuff," but he's finally putting up a season befitting of his talent. The Indians have used Carrasco in both the rotation and the bullpen. Saturday's was Carrasco's second straight start, as the Indians don't have many options and want to see if Carrasco's sub-3.00 bullpen ERA might finally translate over to rotation gold. On the season, Carrasco's ERA is 3.36 to go with a stellar 1.04 WHIP. Aug 16 - 9:57 PM

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Carlos Carrasco fired five scoreless innings Sunday in the Indians' 4-1 defeat of the Yankees.

Carrasco yielded just two hits, walked none, and struck out four Yankees hitters in the impressive spot start. He now boasts a 2.06 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and .207 opponents' batting average in 48 innings since being removed from the Cleveland rotation in late April. If he's given his spot back permanently, the 27-year-old right-hander deserves to be owned in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 10 - 4:26 PM

Carlos Carrasco will return from the bullpen to start Sunday against the Yankees.

Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister were sent down to Triple-A this week and Josh Tomlin was moved to the bullpen, so Carrasco will get another shot in Cleveland's rotation. The 27-year-old threw 59 pitches in relief of Tomlin on Tuesday, so he should be decently stretched out for the assignment. It's very possible that his return to the rotation will be temporary, so we wouldn't drop anyone important to pick him up in fantasy leagues.
Aug 7 - 5:14 PM

The Indians have moved Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen.

Carrasco has posted a rough 6.95 ERA through four appearances this season, so the Indians have decided to make a change. He can't be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers, so the hope is that he will provide some value as a reliever. The Indians will use Zach McAllister on three days' rest on Wednesday, but Trevor Bauer or Josh Tomlin will likely be called up to fill Carrasco's spot in the rotation next Tuesday. It would be a good idea to stash Bauer in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 29 - 8:41 AM

Carlos Carrasco surrendered four runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Giants.

Expect more calls for Trevor Bauer over the next few days. Carrasco was pretty good tonight after a shaky start that saw him give up a single and a triple to the first two batters he faced -- he allowed just three more hits, walked one and struck out six -- but it wasn't enough to prevent him from dropping to 0-3. Even if he keeps his rotation spot now, he won't be able to afford another mediocre outing next time out.
Apr 26 - 1:38 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Monday that he's not ready to remove Carlos Carrasco from the rotation.

Carrasco gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Blue Jays, but Francona said he didn't view it as a make-or-break start. Still, it's clear he needs to turn things around soon, especially with Trevor Bauer impressing in the minors.
Apr 21 - 4:50 PM

Carlos Carrasco was knocked around again but escaped with a no-decision Sunday, giving up four runs over 5 2/3 frames in a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Carrasco whiffed five but permitted six hits and walked three, throwing 88 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. With a 7.31 ERA and 1.69 WHIP through his first three starts, Carrasco is going to have to shape up in a hurry to avoid getting booted from the rotation. He'll try to bounce back next weekend in San Francisco.
Apr 20 - 4:29 PM

Carlos Carrasco will have his next start pushed back until Saturday against the Blue Jays.

He had been on track to work against the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday, but will be given a couple extra days of rest. He will be available out of the Tribe's bullpen for their three-game set against the Tigers.
Apr 12 - 12:29 PM

Carlos Carrasco was tagged for five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

Carrasco struck out three batters in the first inning and retired the side in order in the second, but he unraveled from there. All told, he gave up six hits and three walks while notching five strikeouts. We figure he'll get a few more starts, but the Indians might consider bringing up Trevor Bauer if he continues to struggle. It's worth noting that Carrasco is out of options, so they can't send him to the minors without exposing him to waivers.
Apr 12 - 12:13 AM

Carlos Carrasco was tagged for five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Carrasco put himself in an early hole with a three-run first inning and never recovered. He gave up seven hits (including a leadoff homer to Brian Dozier) and two walks while striking out seven. He also hit two batters. The 27-year-old has plenty of ability, but we're still waiting for the light to come on.
Apr 5 - 4:23 PM

Carlos Carrasco has won the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation.

Carrasco got the nod over Josh Tomlin, who will begin the season in the minors. The 26-year-old has posted a 5.17 ERA over five appearances this season, but he has an impressive 16/3 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings. While he hasn't progressed as hoped, he'll be worth owning in AL-only fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 11:23 AM

Carlos Carrasco dazzled in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Cubs, racking up six strikeouts in three innings of work.

The 26-year-old allowed just a pair of unearned runs on three hits. He's positioned himself well in the battle to secure the final spot in the team's Opening Day rotation, and is worth a flier in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 7 - 11:53 PM

Carlos Carrasco got the win in his two-inning outing as the Indians defeated the Reds 12-3 on Thursday.

Carrasco hurled two perfect frames, striking out two in the process. It's a good start for the right-hander, who is competing for the #5 spot in the Indians' starting rotation.
Feb 27 - 6:46 PM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com believes that Carlos Carrasco is the favorite to win the fifth and final spot in the Indians rotation out of spring training.

His primary competition for that job will come from Shaun Marcum and Trevor Bauer. Indians skipper Terry Francona has spoken fondly of the 26-year-old this winter, and he's out of minor league options, so it would appear that he's a lock to break camp with the Tribe. That could conceivably be in the bullpen though if Marcum can prove his health, or Bauer can display solid command of the strike zone.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 7 - 10:06 PM

According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Carlos Carrasco would prefer to start in 2014, but would work out of the bullpen if it was in the best interest of the team.

The 26-year-old right-hander is reportedly in great shape and has shed 15 pounds already this offseason. He struggled to the tune of a 6.75 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 30/18 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings with the Indians in 2013, but still possesses a dazzling repertoire and has immense potential.
Jan 24 - 7:43 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
2Mike Aviles
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
LF1Michael Brantley
2Chris Dickerson
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1David Murphy
2Zach Walters
DH1Nick Swisher
2Ryan Raburn
3Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Trevor Bauer
3T.J. House
4Carlos Carrasco
5Danny Salazar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
7C.C. Lee
8Josh Tomlin