Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 18, 2012 02:00 PM Comments: 4
After some serious bumps in the road, former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco is headed back to full health and is focused on a successful future in the big leagues.
As a highly rated prospect in the Phillies’ organization, Carrasco once battled for an opening day roster spot with the Phils. During spring training 2009, the right-hander appeared in six games, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.95 ERA. The statistics weren’t overly impressive, but the “stuff” was there, just as it had been six months prior when he posted a 1.72 ERA over six starts as a 21-year-old in Triple-A. Philies brass, as well as scouts throughout baseball, saw great potential in the Venezuelan hurler and he became a sought-after commodity.
By mid-season that year, Carrasco would become the key prospect dealt in a package that allowed the Phillies to acquire Indians ace Cliff Lee. By the end of that season, at age 22, Carrasco had made his big league debut for the Indians, while Lee led a charge to the World Series for the Phils.
Since his entrance to the majors, Carrasco experienced some rough stretches, as he posted a 10-15 record with a 4.93 ERA in 33 starts. Last year, his season ended short after it was determined that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his right elbow. Continue reading Former Phils Prospect Carrasco Bouncing Back from Surgery