Most of all, he came out of it knowing that his mentality is right to ride the momentum he gained in his last 10 starts of 2014, going 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA to finally establish his high-end talent.
"I feel aggressive and I attack the hitter, and that's what I learned last year," Carrasco said. "I learned that from [Corey] Kluber last year. Every time he pitched, I watched everything he did. That's something I wanted to bring to Spring Training, and I found out today that it's there."
It took a few months in the bullpen to get Carrasco in the right place, and his success there translated to success in the rotation once the Indians put him back into a starting role. Carrasco said it was a good thing he went to the bullpen, because he asked a lot of questions and got himself ready for every inning, every pitch.
Along the way, he found a sense of confidence that Indians manager Terry Francona says has the right-hander "more comfortable in his skin, more comfortable in the clubhouse" and generally in a much better place than ever before.
"To be really honest with you, he should be confident," Francona said. "I mean, he throws 97, 98 mph, he's got a good changeup and a really good breaking ball. He commands the ball pretty [darn] well. I'd be confident, too."
Carrasco, who turns 28 on March 21, said he's putting work into his changeup and his slider this spring. It was a changeup that Miller turned around, Carrasco saying the ball floated over the plate a bit. But after allowing a single up the middle to Chris Taylor, Carrasco settled down to get the last two outs of his start.
With that on the heels of a breakthrough season and a hard winter's work, Carrasco remains on track to keep a good thing going.
"Finally, I figured it out last year in 2014, and hopefully I continue to do that this year and next year, too, and for the rest of my career," Carrasco said.