Sunday, February 4, 2007

Top Prospect Phillies

Carlos Carrasco

Position: P Full
Name: Carlos L. Carrasco
Born: March 21, 1987
Height: 6-3 Weight: 178
Bats: R Throws: R

Carrasco couldn't handle full-season ball in 2005, going 1-7 with a 7.04 ERA in 13 starts for Lakewood before being demoted. In 2006, he finished third in the Sally League in both ERA and strikeouts. He went seven innings in a combined no-hitter on Aug. 13. Carrasco, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic, throws 92-94 mph with regularity and displays a plus changeup. If he gains consistency with his curve, he could begin to move quickly this year.

Fastball: His fastball sits in the low 90s and has some nice sinking movement to it. He also stands at 6'7 so hes throwing downhill which is always good. He also still has some filling out to do so he may actually add a tick or two as his body matures.

Curveball: His curveball is very promising at times. He seems to lose confidence in it after it gets hit once or twice. Coaches beleive it could become a plus pitch if he learns to throw it with confidence.

Changeup: His changeup is developing quickly and is potentially a plus pitch for him in the future.

Projection: Among the interesting assignment decisions this spring will be Carlos Carrasco. Odds are that because of his age and the fact that there are a good number of pitching prospects in the organization, he may have to go through extended spring training again and pitch at Batavia later in the summer. It's not out of the question that the Phillies will consider sending Carrasco to Lakewood later in the season or possibly to start the year if all looks completely perfect. Carrasco can be at least a middle of the rotation pitcher in the majors and could easily be even more when all is said and done. He pitched three games in relief, although his future is likely as a starter.

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