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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 97: Martín Carrasco

The scouting staff saw something in this 2020 Rule 5 arm from the Padres


Martín Carrasco

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
165 pounds
Age: 21
Throws: R
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 20

Carrasco was the lone Rule 5 pick from the White Sox this past December, picked up during the minor-league phase of the draft during which the organization also lost A.J. Puckett to the Atlanta Braves.

Carrasco is a native of Tijuana and most recently played this past winter for the Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, where he pitched 17 games to a 4.67 ERA and 1.327 WHIP at nearly eight years younger than the average MXPW player.

The lanky righty has been lights-out over three professional seasons as a teenager, with a 2.73 ERA over 102 13 innings (42 games) in rookie play and A-ball. A hallmark of Carrasco’s early career has been pinpoint control, coupled with good strikeout numbers; his K/BB ratio has mostly been outstanding thus far.

He pitched his first (Dominican Rookie League) season as a starter in the San Diego system, but has worked out of the bullpen ever since.

Now just 21 years old, expect Carrasco to play in Kannapolis in 2021.