|Minnesota Twins – No. 30|
August 24, 1980 |
San Diego, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 10, 2003 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.49|
|Career highlights and awards|
San Francisco Giants
He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2002 MLB Draft. In 2003, Correia became the first player taken in the 2002 MLB Draft to reach the major leagues, and in 2004, Baseball America named him the organization's sixth-rated prospect. Correia split the 2004 and 2005 seasons between the Giants and the minor leagues, and making 12 big league starts and 16 relief appearances between the two seasons.
Going into the 2006 season, Correia competed for the Giants' fifth starter spot with Brad Hennessey and Jamey Wright. Although Correia pitched well in spring training, Wright eventually won the spot, and Correia began the season in Triple-A with the Fresno Grizzlies. Correia was called up to the Giants in April due to injuries and poor performance by the team's bullpen, and was primarily used in middle relief.
Correia rejoined the Giants' starting rotation in August 2007. After seven starts and (40 innings), he had a 1.80 ERA. In 2008, Correia was mostly a starter, but had a 6.05 ERA during the season and became a free agent after the season.
San Diego Padres
On December 24, 2008, the San Diego Padres signed Correia to a minor league deal. In 2009, Correia had a slow start, with an ERA above 5.00. Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley began tweaking his delivery. In June, Correia started to lower his ERA. With the pitchers Jake Peavy and Chris Young on the disabled list, Correia soon became the ace for the Padres. On June 10, Correia only allowed one run through six strong innings against the Dodgers offense. On September 25, 2009, Correia allowed six hits and struck out seven batters in a complete game shutout versus the Arizona Diamondbacks; the first of his career. On December 12, 2009, Correia re-signed for a one-year, $3 million contract. On May 9, 2010, he was scratched from a start after his younger brother, Trevor, died after falling from a 60-foot cliff while hiking on Santa Cruz Island.
On December 17, 2010, the Pirates signed Correia to a two-year, $8 million deal. On March 24, 2011, the Pirates named Correia their Opening Day starter. On July 24, 2012, the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodríguez, who took Correia's spot in the starting rotation. Correia then requested a trade. On August 19, 2012, Correia pitched relief, in the Pirates' 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, which lasted 19 innings. The next day he pitched as the starter in a 3-1 Pirates' loss to the San Diego Padres, making him the first Pirates' pitcher since Pascual Pérez in 1981 to pitch in relief one day and then start the next day's game.
Correia owns a career 44% groundball rate. Between 2005-2012, Correia relied on his slider and fastball. In 2013, Correia is now relying more on his cutter, throwing it 36% of the time and adding a split finger to his arsenal. Correia is relying more on his sinker (baseball) and his cutter than his fastball, which he is throwing just 13% of the time in 2013. He also throws a curveball.
- "Kevin Correia 2007 Pitching Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
- Brock, Corey (24 December 2008). "Padres sign three pitchers to stock staff". Padres.MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- Langosch, Jenifer (December 17, 2010). "Bucs make things official with Correia".
- Langosch, Jenifer (March 24, 2011). "Pirates name Correia Opening Day starter".
- Biertempfel, Rob (July 29, 2012). "Wanting to start, Pirates’ Correia seeks trade". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- "Edinson Volquez's 10 K's keep Padres on winning path vs. Pirates". ESPN.Go.com. Associated Press. August 20, 2012.
- Crasnick, Jerry (December 10, 2012). "Source: Kevin Correia joins Twins". ESPN.com.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)