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August 25, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Carlos Carrasco

by J.P. Breen


Spring training in Arizona is close to perfection for me. I adore the various unique ballparks that only fill to half of their capacity, the infectious optimism that surrounds every team, the pristine weather, and the opportunity to submerge myself in nothing but baseball. Most of all, I enjoy the action on the backfields. There’s something great about watching dozens of young players playing a wonderful game, wearing jerseys without their names on the backs, and honing their craft in relative obscurity.

The real thrill, though, comes when some no-name guy jacks one 450 feet to straightaway center. Or when a random pitcher catches your eye because he’s popping triple digits with ease. It’s that moment in which you mutter, “Wow. Who the f--- is this guy?” and quickly start scribbling notes.

Those surprise moments don’t quickly fade away and are the reasons why you return to the backfields the very next morning. However, those moments are essentially non-existent at the major-league level. The insane amount of data available on players limits the possibility of being shocked by someone. When it happens, though, it similarly stands out.

It happened to me on Friday night. I was killing time, waiting for the Brewers game to begin at 7 p.m. CT. So I cycled through a few games before settling on the Astros and Indians. I ended up not watching the Brewers game because I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Carlos Carrasco.

Watch that clip. He’s straight up shoving. He’s sitting 96-98 mph on his fastball and touching 99 mph. His slider is 87-88 and getting plenty of swings-and-misses. I don’t know what I thought about Carrasco prior to this outing, but I tweeted this in the second inning:

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