With all this talk about searching for a starting pitcher, the most important move the Phillies could make is to bring up Carlos Carrasco. Team officials are saying the 21-year-old righty is almost ready to hit the Major Leagues.
I say bring him up now.
Carrasco has evened out with a 3.46 ERA in his 94 innings at AA Reading. His 89/35 K/BB ratio is impressive, and in his last 10 starts he’s thrown at least six innings nine times. While he hasn’t been dominant in Reading, he’s been stable and solid enough to show he’s mastered that level. There’s no need to waste him in AAA Lehigh Valley.
Between now and the All-Star break, it could be a good opportunity to slide Carrasco into the starting rotation. The Phils could go with a six-man rotation, with 19 games in the next 20 days leading to the break. Giving Carrasco three starts would be a nice test, and could be a good tryout for potential teams in the trading market.
If the Phils would rather go with a five-man rotation, it’s possible they could move Brett Myers back to the bullpen as a setup man. But there’s no real great scenario otherwise â€” Adam Eaton hasn’t been bad enough to send him to the bullpen, nor has Kyle Kendrick.
My biggest reason for bringing up Carrasco now is to get him running for a stretch run opportunity. It’s very possible he could run off a bunch of big starts, as no Major League team has seen him yet. He could be the kind of back-end rotation cog that would get the wheel rolling. I’m reminded of his dominant performance against the Yankees in Spring Training. While July and August baseball is nowhere near the ho-humedry of Clearwater, it’s possible Carrasco would be the type of baffling pitcher the Phils could really hang their hats on toward the finish.
It’s worth it now to bring Carrasco up to the Majors. Let him show us what he’s got.