2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Carlos Carrasco
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Carlos Carrasco and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Cleveland Indians starting pitching during the 2020 MLB season.
Overcoming chronic myeloid leukemia makes last year a success for Carlos Carrasco no matter his results. First, Carrasco lost time after being struck in the face by a line drive in April, then his battle with leukemia reduced his innings to 80 in 2019. He made 12 starts and 11 appearances out of the bullpen winning six games with one save. However, Carrasco’s 5.29 ERA, 3.50 xFIP and 1.35 WHIP resided outside of his normal ratio statistics.
Carrasco recorded a 28.2 percent strikeout rate using his slider more than usual and the reduced workload allowed him to notch a 4.7 percent walk rate. He struggled with some bad luck yielding a .354 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) and generating fewer ground balls (40.8 percentage). Luckily, Carrasco carried over his 14.9 percent swinging strike rate. His contact rate rose but the Z-Contact (in the strike zone) lowered. Overall, an odd year for Carrasco which feels like an outlier in his career.
Prior to last season, Carrasco won...