*Francisco Casillas Liriano’ was born on October 26, 1983 in Juan Barón, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. He is a left handed starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.Minor LeaguesFrancisco was acquired by the Twins as a “throw-in” prospect by the San Francisco Giants, along with closer Joe Nathan and starter Boof Bonser, in exchange for catcher A. J. Pierzynski (now of the Chicago White Sox).*Major Leagues’Francisco made his major league debut in relief on September 5, 2005 against the Texas Rangers. He later joined the Twins’ starting rotation and won his first game on September 30, 2005 against the Detroit Tigers.
Francisco started the 2006 season in the bullpen, but was promoted to the starting rotation in May, exchanging positions with struggling starter Carlos Silva (now of the Mariners). He won his first three 2006 starts.
After an excellent half-season in 2006, Francisco injured his arm, had Tommy John surgery, and missed the 2007 season.
Francisco opened the 2008 season in the minors to rehab from his Tommy John surgery, and was not called back up to the Twins permanently until August.