Kevin John Correia
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.
- School California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
- High School Grossmont High School
- Debut July 10, 2003
Kevin Correia is a major league pitcher.
From the San Diego, CA area, Correia's family is of Portuguese background and were fishermen in the Point Loma area of San Diego. Kevin first came up to the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants in 2003. He shuttled between the Giants and the minor leagues in his first three season, also filling in where needed between the bullpen and the starting rotation. He made it to San Francisco for good in 2006, when he pitched 48 times, all as a reliever, with a record of 2-0, 3.49. He then spent most of 2007 also pitching mainly in relief, but also making 8 starts among his 59 appearances. He was 4-7 in spite of a solid 3.45 ERA that year. Things went downhill in 2008 though, as he fell to 3-8, 6.05 in 25 games, 19 of them starts. He pitched 110 innings that season, his largest total of innings up to that point.
Correia signed as a free agent with his hometown San Diego Padres before the 2009 season and got a chance to spend a full season in the starting rotation for the first time, making 33 starts. He posted a record of 12-11, 3.91 as one of the team's most consistent starters. He pitched 198 innings that year, with 142 strikeouts against 64 walks, However, he could not repeat in 2010, his ERA shooting up to 5.40 even though his record remained decent at 10-10. He became a free agent once again after the season and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2011. He had a tremendous first half for the Bucs, with a record of 11-7, 4.01 for the surprisingly competitive team. He was named to the All-Star team for the first time of his career, but his season ended up poorly, as he was shut down in August, having fallen to 12-11, 4.79 in 27 games. The Pirates bolstered their starting rotation before the 2012 season, adding veterans A.J. Burnett and Erik Bedard and Correia was relegated to a role akin to sixth starter after Wandy Rodriguez was acquired at the trading deadline. He continued to pitch well, hanging out around .500 with an ERA in the low 4.00's. On August 19th, he was used in relief for two innings in the Bucs' 19-inning marathon win over the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Pirates having depleted their pitching staff in that game, he volunteered to start the next day's game in San Diego, becoming the first Pirates' pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1981 to start a game one day after appearing in relief. He pitched gamely, going 4 1/3 innings while allowing three runs before being relieved by Tony Watson, the only Pirates' pitcher who had not been used the previous day. He finished the season with a record of 12-11, 4.21 in 32 games (28 starts), pitching 171 innings. A free agent after the season, he signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Twins on December 10th, for $10 million.
Correia made 24 starts for the Twins in 2014, showing durability, but with mixed results, as his record was 5-13, 4.94. On August 9th, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Dodgers explained that they were looking for someone to replace swingman Paul Maholm, whose season had been ended by a torn knee ligament. He was a winner in his first outing for the Dodgers, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, on August 11th. He ended up going 2-4 in 9 games for the Dodgers, making his season's record 7-17, 5.44. In 2015, he went to spring training with the Seattle Mariners but was released after failing to make the team, then signed with San Francisco. He was assigned to the AAA Sacramento Rivercats where he pitched well, putting up an ERA of 3.68 in 6 starts. On June 8th, he was signed and brought to the major leagues by the Philadelphia Phillies, taking the rotation spot of rookie Severino Gonzalez, who had put up an 8.69 ERA in 5 starts.
- NL All-Star (2011)