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.
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.
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.
- 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).