Gerardo Carrillo is the #22 prospect on Prospescts1500’s Dodgers Top 50 prospects that came out in January and #17 on MLB Pipeline’s 2020 Dodgers rankings. Carrillo spent 2019 in High-A Rancho Cucamonga of the California League after putting up great numbers in 2018 in Great Lakes. While he lost some time mid-season recovering from a lat injury, Carrillo showed that he has the ability make a hitter swing and miss. Showing great potential, the Dodgers sent Carrillo to the Arizona Fall League where he pitched to a 2.22 ERA after posting a 5.44 mark with Rancho Cucamonga during the regular season.
I had a chance to watch Carrillo in both the Cal League and the Arizona Fall League in 2019 and I suspect his next stop is Tulsa (the Dodgers‘ Double-A affiliate). But before he heads out, I thought I’d ask about where he’s been and what he’s working on. Enjoy!
Gail Verderico: What is your best pitch?
Gerardo Carrillo: The two seam fastball.
GV: What pitch are you still working on developing?
GC: I’m working on all my pitches, but mostly my changeup.
GV: I asked one of your teammates to describe you in two words. He said smart and humble. Do you consider yourself a student of the game?
GC: I do. I always pay attention to the game. I try to learn what the hitter’s weaknesses are.
GV: Who or what do you study or follow?
GC: I like Max Scherzer. I really admire his courage and bravery when he’s on the mound. I like the way he challenges the hitters.
GV: You had the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League this year. What did you enjoy most about the experience?
GC: The opportunity to meet and play with all those good players. But my favorite memory from the Fall League was when I threw 100 mph.
GV: I was there! What a great moment that was to see. What did you learn while you were there?
GC: I learned that it doesn’t matter how hard the season is going, there is always another opportunity to improve and get better.
GV: You put on a lot of muscle during the season last year and some more in the off season. What are you working on in the gym.
GC: I’m not working on anything in particular, but weight training has helped me improve my fastball.
GV: What’s your workout routine right now as we wait to see when there will be baseball again?
GC: I’m still doing my throwing program and lifting weights.
GV: You were poised for a break out year this year. How disappointing is the delay and uncertainty of the season?
GC: I’m taking advantage of the delay by working hard, and just keeping myself motivated.
GV: Well your hard work has certainly paid off and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.