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Full Name: Carlos Silva Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/225 First Game: April 1, 2002
Birthdate: April 23, 1979 MLB Experience: 5 years
Birthplace: Bolivar, Venezuela
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on April 23, 1979 in Bolivar, Venezuela, Carlos Silva (Carlos Silva) played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins over the course of his 5 year career. Silva broke into the bigs on April 1, 2002 with the Philadelphia Phillies, and put up a 3.21 ERA in 84 innings pitched in 2002, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Carlos Silva's most productive season. Some believe that it was 2004, when he posted a 4.21 ERA, won 14 games and struck out 76 batters. However, others believe that it was 2005, when he posted a 3.44 ERA and struck out 71 batters.

With the Twins, Silva made a successful conversion from reliever to starter, for one of the biggest surprises in the 2004 season. He posted a 14-8 mark in 203 innings pitched and finished second in the rotation behind Cy Young winner Johan Santana. In 2005 he set the record for fewest walks allowed per 9 innings in the modern era with an average of .43 BB/9 innings.

During May 2006, Silva was demoted to the bullpen after struggling through the beginning of the season. In June, he re-entered the rotation when the struggling #5 starter, Scott Baker, was demoted to the Twins' AAA team in Rochester, New York. In 2006 he gave up a major-league-worst 1.90 home runs per 9 innings, and had a major-league-worst batting average against of .326.[1]

Through 2006, Silva has posted a 42-32 record with 306 strikeouts and a 4.35 ERA in 743 innings. In 2007, Silva started as the fifth spot starter behind Johan Santana, Boof Bonser, Ramon Ortiz, and Sidney Ponson. In his first start of 2007, against the Chicago White Sox, he gave up 5 hits in five-innings and one earned run. His son Justin Emmanuel was born on June 12, 2007, just an hour after teammate Juan Rincon's son was born.

Scouting Report

Silva throws a low-nineties sinking fastball, a slider and a changeup. He is known for his relatively quick pace, as he takes very short breaks between pitches. A ground ball pitcher, Silva has excellent command of his pitches, and walks very few batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2002 PHI N 68 0 5 0 3.21 41 34 30 0 0 1 84 88 4 22 6 3 4
2003 PHI N 62 1 3 1 4.43 48 43 43 0 0 1 87.1 92 7 37 5 12 8
2004 MIN A 33 33 14 8 4.21 76 100 95 1 1 0 203 255 23 35 2 5 5
2005 MIN A 27 27 9 8 3.44 71 83 72 2 0 0 188.1 212 25 9 2 0 3
2006 MIN A 36 31 11 15 5.94 70 130 119 0 0 0 180.1 246 38 32 4 1 7
2007 MIN A 33 33 13 14 4.19 89 99 94 2 1 0 202 229 20 36 2 4 4
Total NL 130 1 8 1 3.83 89 77 73 0 0 2 171.1 180 11 59 11 15 12
Total AL 129 124 47 45 4.42 306 412 380 5 2 0 773.2 942 106 112 10 10 19
Total 259 125 55 46 4.31 395 489 453 5 2 2 945 1122 117 171 21 25 31

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2002 PHI N P 68 0 84 4 19 1 2 0 0 4 5 0 .958
2003 PHI N P 62 1 87.1 3 18 1 2 0 1 4 1 0 .955
2004 MIN A P 33 33 203 11 25 2 1 0 0 7 6 0 .947
2005 MIN A P 27 27 188.1 14 26 0 3 0 1 7 4 0 1.000
2006 MIN A P 36 31 180.1 13 20 0 3 0 0 10 2 0 1.000
2007 MIN A P 33 33 202 14 26 0 2 0 1 8 7 0 1.000
Total P 259 125 945 59 134 4 13 0 3 40 25 0 .980

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2002 PHI N 68 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2003 PHI N 62 9 0 2 0 1 .222 .222 .333 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
2004 MIN A 33 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 MIN A 27 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006 MIN A 36 3 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 MIN A 33 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1
Total NL 130 11 0 2 0 1 .182 .250 .273 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 1
Total AL 129 12 0 1 0 0 .083 .083 .083 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 1
Total 259 23 0 3 0 1 .130 .167 .174 1 0 1 7 0 3 0 0 2

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Philadelphia Phillies (March 22, 1996).
  • Traded by Philadelphia Phillies with Nick Punto and a player to be named later to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Eric Milton (December 3, 2003); Minnesota Twins received Bobby Korecky (December 17, 2003).

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