Tigers in EST: Josue Carreno

Josue Carreno began his professional career in 2008 in the Venezuelan Summer League after signing a free agent contract with the Tigers the previous fall.  The 6-foot-1 right-hander had a successful debut season, making 12 starts for the VSL Tigers and posting a 2.82 ERA in 54.1 innings pitched.  He struck out 6.5 batters per nine innings and allowed 2.5 walks per nine innings.

Carreno repeated the VSL in 2009 and showed significant improvement.  He posted a 2.36 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched, while increasing his strikeout rate to 8.5 SO/9 and reducing his walk rate to 1.2 BB/9.

Carreno was very difficult to hit a home run off of during his two seasons in the VSL, allowing 0.3 home runs per nine innings.  This probably indicates that he has good sink on his fastball.

Listed as 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Carreno has a projectable frame, so he has the capacity to add velocity to his fastball, which presently sits at 88-89 mph according to the scouting report on his TigsTown.com profile.  TigsTown says he also throws an “average change-up with good arm speed, and a below-average curveball that shows some potential.”

It will not be shocking if the Tigers send Carreno to Connecticut in 2010 for his stateside debut.  The organization has shown a willingness to have Venezuelan pitchers skip the Gulf Coast League as Michael Torrealba, Clemente Mendoza and Jose Ortega all made similar jumps last season.  Carreno has a chance to be a quality pitcher if he refines his secondary pitches and adds velocity to his sinking fastball.

Name: Josue Carreno

DOB: June 26, 1991

Birthplace: Porlamar, Venezuala

Bats-Throws: Right-Right

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