Carrasco Could be Called-Up

28 06 2009

Will Carrasco get the call?

Will Carrasco get the call?

By Mike Gill

With a low 90’s fastball that had plenty of good movement and a change-up that was making hitters look flat out goofy, it looks like Carlos Carrasco is finally tired of getting passed over when it comes to getting the call to the big league club. 

He’s tied together two good starts and I’m thinking now that he could be next up.  The Phillies might need someone to replace Antonio Bastrado and with the trade deadline about a month away, now could be the right time to showcase Carrasco and see if he can either a) pitch in the bigs or b) get enough attention with his stuff to fetch you back a top-tier, big-league ready pitcher, like say – Cliff Lee.

When Brett Myers went down, the Phils had to scramble for an arm.  They went with Bastrado who really has shown the abilty to master one big-league pitch, his fast ball.  But the Phils are desperate for another arm and what is consider to be the best, just might not be ready. 

Guys like Kyle Drabeck, Joe Savery and Vance Worley are popular names because they are young, and we all love the next young, top-flight name, but are they really ready to help a team win a world series now?

Andrew Caprenter, Kyle Kendrick and Rodrigo Lopez are all guys having nice seasons at the AAA-level, but they too wont get the trophy back in Philadelphia. 

If you want help from with-in, the guy to call on is Carrasco.  He has the best stuff and gives you the best shot to do a lot of things – win, trade and find out if you have a future ace all in one shot. 

So who do you think the Phillies should call-up if Bastrado has to miss anytime?




5 responses

28 06 2009

only thing Carrasco has going for him is hype, hasn’t pitched effectively at any level yet

drabek is young but is still the best option the team has right now if you are looking at it purely from a win/loss standpoint

28 06 2009

It’s not always about the numbers. Carrasco has the best stuff in Phillies farm system and sometime it takes that trip to the majors for everything to come together.

28 06 2009
Michael DeLuca

All good points. I think you only bring Carrasco up if you are determined to move him. I don’t think the Phillies plan on standing pat no matter how well whoever they bring up performs. So, most likely, the guy that comes up is being showcased and will be part of a trade for his replacement. Drabek is probably the only untouchable one in the group and we know how the Phils are with those arbitration eligible years, so don’t look for him to get the call. My vote’s still for Worley.

29 06 2009
Michael DeLuca

From Andy Martino of The Philadelphia Inquirer…

“Although the Phillies have not announced their starting pitcher for Thursday in Atlanta, righthander Carlos Carrasco remains a strong possibility to be recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley. But the organization has also been impressed by righty Drew Carpenter, who may also have a chance to receive the assignment. Because of off days, the Phillies can go without a fifth starter until July 2, but they appeared to be leaning toward recalling either Carrasco or Carpenter.

Carpenter, 24, earned his first-major league win in a spot start in Washington on May 16. Carpenter is 7-1 for the IronPigs, with a 2.75 earned run average. In 65 innings, he was struck out 47 batters and walked 17.”

28 09 2010

Por que no:)

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