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Daniel J "D. J." Carrasco (born April 12, 1977) is a former American professional baseball pitcher.

D. J. Carrasco
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Carrasco with the New York Mets
Born: (1977-04-12) April 12, 1977 (age 42)
Safford, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 2, 2003, for the Kansas City Royals
NPB: 2006, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Last appearance
MLB: May 16, 2012, for the New York Mets
NPB: 2006, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record24–21
Earned run average4.50
NPB statistics
Win–loss record0-3
Earned run average14.81



Baltimore OriolesEdit

Carrasco was drafted in the 26th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but did not pitch a minor league game for them as he was released in 1998.

Cleveland Indians/Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

He played for the Cleveland Indians' farm system in 1998 and for the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system from 1999 through 2002.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

Carrasco was drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Pirates in the 2002 Rule 5 draft. He spent all of the 2003 season in the majors for the Royals. He split 2004 and 2005 between the Royals and their minor league affiliates.

Fukuoka SoftBank HawksEdit

He pitched three games in Japan for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2006.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

Carrasco then pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders, in 2007.

Chicago White SoxEdit

On January 11, 2008, Carrasco signed a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training with the Chicago White Sox.

On July 9, 2008, Carrasco was recalled by the White Sox to replace injured closer Bobby Jenks. Carrasco posted a 2.38 ERA in 7 appearances with Triple-A Charlotte before being recalled.[1] On August 3, 2008, during a game against the Kansas City Royals, Carrasco threw two pitches inside Miguel Olivo, the second one hitting Olivo. Olivo came after Carrasco and started a bench-clearing brawl. On December 12, 2009, Carrasco was non-tendered by the White Sox, making him a free agent.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On January 13, 2010, Carrasco signed a major league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates with an invite to spring training.[2]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On July 31, 2010, Carrasco, Bobby Crosby and Ryan Church were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chris Snyder and Pedro Ciriaco.[3]

New York MetsEdit

In December 2010, the New York Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year contract.[4] On June 11, 2011, he returned to the club as Dale Thayer was sent down. On June 16, 2011, in a game versus the Atlanta Braves, Carrasco balked in the final run of the ball game in the 10th inning, giving the Braves a 9-8 victory. It was just the second balk off in the Mets history. On May 15, 2012, Carrasco was ejected by umpire Gary Darling following a hit batsmen. After surrendering a home run to Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers, Carrasco drilled Ryan Braun with the next pitch and was thrown out.[5] He was designated for assignment the following day.[6] On May 25, 2012, he was released by the team.[7]

Atlanta BravesEdit

Carrasco signed with the Atlanta Braves on June 20, 2012.[8] He made his first appearance for the Triple A Gwinnett Braves on June 20. On July 4, he was released by Atlanta.

Scouting ReportEdit

Carrasco featured an 89-93 4 seam fastball, a sinking 2-seam fastball 88-92, a curveball and a changeup.

Unlike most pitchers, Carrasco, who typically threw with an overhand arm-slot, would occasionally drop down to a submarine arm-slot trying to catch the batter off guard.

Personal lifeEdit

Carrasco attended Hayward High School.


  1. ^ "Sox fifth starter dilemma continues". Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Pirates, D'Backs Agree On Chris Snyder Trade: MLB Rumors –
  4. ^ DiComo, Anthony (12/09/10). "Mets complete Paulino, Carrasco deals". Retrieved 26 December 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Ejection 032: Gary Darling (4) Close Call Sports Retrieved 16 May 2012
  6. ^ "D. J. Carrasco Designated For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  7. ^ Carson & Carrasco out; Egbert called up from Buffalo | Metsblog Archived 2012-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Braves Sign Reliever D. J. Carrasco – Talking Chop

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