San Francisco Giants sign interesting depth pitching piece

Jul 2, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Matt Carasiti (56) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 2, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Matt Carasiti (56) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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For the second time in his career, Matt Carasiti is a member of the San Francisco Giants organization. Unlike his first time in the organization, however, the 30-year-old right-hander is hoping to have the opportunity to actually show what he can do on the mound.

The San Francisco Giants have signed Matt Carasiti to a minor league contract

On January 6, 2020, Carasiti was signed by the San Francisco Giants to a minor league deal that included an invitation to spring training. However, his stay with the Giants was short-lived as he underwent Tommy John surgery just over two months later, just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Major League Baseball.

He was released by the Giants after the surgery, but was picked up a year later on a minor league deal by the Boston Red Sox. Before and after inking that contract, Carasiti worked on developing his fastball (with more velocity than ever before) to go along with a forkball he had already developed that could be a weapon as well.

While Carasiti didn’t see time in MLB with the Red Sox, he does have experience with the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners on a Major League mound, throwing in a combined 25.1 innings over 30 games during the 2016 (Rockies) and 2019 (Mariners) seasons. The results were better with Seattle in a shorter sample size (4.66 ERA in 11 games versus 9.19 ERA in 19 games with Colorado), but that was also before Tommy John surgery and a rebuilt elbow that has shown promise for a new-look Carasiti moving forward.

Since being drafted in the sixth round by the Rockies in the 2012 MLB draft, Carasiti has been a part of five different organizations. He has appeared in 250 minor league games, starting 34 of them early in his career before transitioning to the bullpen where he has 81 career saves.

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The Giants will get a look at what Carasiti can potentially bring to them in spring training, then will likely start the season in the minor leagues. If he can show command of both the fastball and forkball, however, look for San Francisco to give him a shot in the big league bullpen sometime in 2022.