Giovanni Carrara Giovanni Carrara (born March 4, 1968 in AnzoĆ”tegui State, Venezuela) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who currently plays with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carrara bats and throws right handed. He has established himself as a valuable middle relief man.
Failed starter converted to an effective long reliever, Carrara is a 90-92 MPH fireballer. He also throws a couple of breaking balls: a deceptive slow curve, as his off-speed pitch, and a hard one that is somewhere between a slider and cut fastball. He controls the running game as well, with a good move to both first base and second, and a quick delivery to the plate. Carrara is also considered one of the best-fielding pitchers in the game as is showed in his perfect 1,000 average in 80 chances without an error.
Through the 2005 season, Carrara has posted a 29-17 record with 313 strikeouts and a 4.70 ERA in 444.2 innings pitched.