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Birth Date1-11-1990
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age31 years, 3 months, 11 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2013 CLE MLB 10 10 52.0 2 3 0 44 15 65 7 100 7.6 2.6 1.2 11.3 0% .298 1.13 3.19 3.12 76 2.52 60.3 1.5
2014 CLE MLB 20 20 110.0 6 8 0 117 35 120 13 104 9.6 2.9 1.1 9.8 0% .343 1.38 3.55 4.25 97 4.31 105.6 0.7
2015 CLE MLB 30 30 185.0 14 10 0 156 53 195 23 108 7.6 2.6 1.1 9.5 0% .278 1.13 3.58 3.45 91 3.42 79.8 3.7
2016 CLE MLB 25 25 137.3 11 6 0 121 63 161 16 111 7.9 4.1 1.0 10.6 49% .307 1.34 3.69 3.87 90 3.79 83.8 2.5
2017 CLE MLB 23 19 103.0 5 6 0 94 44 145 14 104 8.2 3.8 1.2 12.7 39% .343 1.34 3.46 4.28 83 3.54 75.4 2.3
2019 CLE MLB 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 4 3 2 2 98 9.0 6.8 4.5 4.5 42% .200 1.75 10.99 4.50 116 7.32 150.1 -0.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2007 DND Rk DSL 14 14 64.3 5 3 0 52 12 49 1 7.3 1.7 0.1 6.9 0% .266 1.00 2.67 1.96 0 0.00 0.0
2008 IND Rk GCL 11 11 53.3 4 2 0 46 13 43 5 7.8 2.2 0.8 7.3 0% .266 1.11 4.05 2.87 0 0.00 0.0
2009 LKC A SAL 21 20 107.3 5 7 0 114 40 65 10 100 9.6 3.4 0.8 5.5 0% .295 1.44 4.76 4.45 116 5.08 106.9
2010 LKC A MDW 7 7 32.3 1 1 0 34 13 23 7 102 9.5 3.6 2.0 6.4 0% .281 1.46 6.29 4.46 0 0.00 0.0
2011 LKC A MID 3 3 8.0 0 2 0 8 2 7 0 99 9.0 2.3 0.0 7.9 0% .333 1.25 3.10 3.38 89 4.68 95.6
2011 IND Rk AZL 5 5 6.7 0 0 0 6 2 11 1 97 8.1 2.7 1.4 14.9 0% .333 1.20 4.36 2.70 85 2.14 43.7
2012 CAR A+ CAR 16 16 53.7 1 2 0 46 19 53 3 98 7.7 3.2 0.5 8.9 0% .307 1.21 3.20 2.68 90 3.88 80.9
2012 AKR AA EAS 6 6 34.0 4 0 0 25 8 23 1 98 6.6 2.1 0.3 6.1 0% .240 0.97 2.93 1.85 90 3.09 64.3
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 5 3 14.0 0 3 0 12 4 17 1 7.7 2.6 0.6 10.9 0% .314 1.14 2.92 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CLE MLB AL 10 10 52.0 2 3 0 44 15 65 7 100 7.6 2.6 1.2 11.3 0% .298 1.13 3.19 3.12 76 2.52 60.3
2013 AKR AA EAS 7 7 33.7 2 3 0 27 10 51 1 96 7.2 2.7 0.3 13.6 0% .366 1.10 1.56 2.67 56 3.27 71.0
2013 COH AAA INT 14 13 59.3 4 2 1 44 14 78 4 103 6.7 2.1 0.6 11.8 0% .303 0.98 2.25 2.73 64 2.50 54.3
2014 CLE MLB AL 20 20 110.0 6 8 0 117 35 120 13 104 9.6 2.9 1.1 9.8 0% .343 1.38 3.55 4.25 97 4.31 105.6
2014 COH AAA INT 11 11 60.7 4 6 0 58 28 76 7 109 8.6 4.2 1.0 11.3 0% .323 1.42 3.77 3.71 88 3.99 84.5
2015 CLE MLB AL 30 30 185.0 14 10 0 156 53 195 23 108 7.6 2.6 1.1 9.5 0% .278 1.13 3.58 3.45 91 3.42 79.8
2015 COH AAA INT 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 4 0 7 0 94 6.0 0.0 0.0 10.5 0% .308 0.67 0.82 0.00 49 2.53 55.5
2016 CLE MLB AL 25 25 137.3 11 6 0 121 63 161 16 111 7.9 4.1 1.0 10.6 49% .307 1.34 3.69 3.87 90 3.79 83.8
2017 CLE MLB AL 23 19 103.0 5 6 0 94 44 145 14 104 8.2 3.8 1.2 12.7 39% .343 1.34 3.46 4.28 83 3.54 75.4
2017 MHV A- NYP 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 2 2 7 0 102 3.6 3.6 0.0 12.6 33% .222 0.80 1.83 0.00 79 2.48 52.7
2017 AKR AA EAS 1 1 1.7 0 1 0 3 2 3 1 96 16.2 10.8 5.4 16.2 20% .500 3.00 12.83 16.20 104 5.09 108.4
2017 COH AAA INT 2 2 9.3 1 1 0 6 5 13 3 100 5.8 4.8 2.9 12.5 37% .188 1.18 6.34 2.89 111 3.79 80.7
2019 CLE MLB AL 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 4 3 2 2 98 9.0 6.8 4.5 4.5 42% .200 1.75 10.99 4.50 116 7.32 150.1
2019 AKR AA EAS 5 4 8.3 0 1 0 8 6 7 1 100 8.6 6.5 1.1 7.6 58% .280 1.68 5.56 5.40 122 6.07 124.8
2019 COH AAA INT 2 2 7.3 0 0 0 4 2 11 0 98 4.9 2.5 0.0 13.5 40% .267 0.82 1.85 0.00 70 2.14 44.1
2019 CLE Rk AZL 1 1 2.7 0 1 0 4 0 6 1 105 13.5 0.0 3.4 20.3 33% .600 1.50 5.75 10.13 43 1.78 36.6
2019 CLT Rk AZL 1 1 1.7 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 100 16.2 0.0 0.0 27.0 67% 1.000 1.80 -1.75 0.00 42 3.64 74.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2013 820 0.5146 0.5110 0.6874 0.6730 0.3392 0.7676 0.5185 0.3126
2014 1856 0.5016 0.4795 0.7382 0.6627 0.2951 0.8104 0.5751 0.2618
2015 3043 0.4939 0.4936 0.7417 0.6680 0.3234 0.8327 0.5582 0.2583
2016 2369 0.4867 0.4694 0.7437 0.6704 0.2788 0.8098 0.5929 0.2563
2017 1811 0.4837 0.5019 0.6546 0.6872 0.3283 0.7824 0.4039 0.3454
2019 66 0.4091 0.3485 0.8696 0.5556 0.2051 0.9333 0.7500 0.1304

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-31 2014-06-15 Minors 15 0 Right Arm Strain Triceps -
2011-04-10 2011-08-27 Minors 139 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-10 -
2010-05-27 2010-09-21 Minors 117 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-10


Year Team Salary
2019 CLE $4,500,000
2018 CLE $5,000,000
2017 CLE $3,400,000
2016 CLE $536,200
2015 CLE $
2014 CLE $501,500
2013 CLE $
5 yrPrevious$13,937,700
5 yrTotal$13,937,700


Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 162 dOctagon1 year/$4.5M (2019)

  • 1 year/$4.5M (2019). Re-signed by Cleveland 11/30/18 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Cleveland 11/4/19 (elected free agency).
  • 1 year/$5M (2018). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.4M (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5362M (2016). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/10/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5015M (2014). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Cleveland 11/18/11. Re-signed by Cleveland 3/3/12.
  • Signed by Cleveland 7/06 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 10.8 0 0 9 9 50.0 36 18 60 4 .265 1.07 2.56 2.76 2.5 0.3
80o 9.4 0 0 8 8 44.7 34 17 53 4 .279 1.15 2.92 3.14 0.5 0.1
70o 8.5 0 0 7 7 41.0 33 17 49 4 .289 1.21 3.18 3.42 -0.8 -0.1
60o 7.7 0 0 7 7 37.9 32 16 45 4 .297 1.27 3.40 3.66 -1.7 -0.2
50o 7 0 0 6 6 35.1 31 16 42 4 .305 1.32 3.62 3.89 -2.4 -0.3
40o 6.3 0 0 6 6 32.3 29 15 38 4 .314 1.37 3.83 4.12 -3.0 -0.3
30o 5.6 0 0 5 5 29.4 28 14 35 3 .322 1.42 4.07 4.37 -3.5 -0.4
20o 4.9 0 0 5 5 26.1 26 13 31 3 .332 1.49 4.35 4.67 -4.0 -0.4
10o 3.9 0 0 4 4 21.6 23 12 26 3 .346 1.59 4.74 5.09 -4.2 -0.5
Weighted Mean6.9006634.53015414.3041.303.593.86-2.3-0.2

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BP Chats

2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you own any shares of Danny Salazar? Could he be the most frustrating pitcher to own in fantasy?
(George from Stanford)
I do NOT this year, but I have in the past. He's still got the walkies from time to time and it limits how deep he gets into games. I don't see him being as consistently very good as Carrasco and Kluber. Those guys are a step above (with Kluber a half-step above Carrasco). Maybe a short peak that's really good. MAYYYYBE one year where he seriously contends for Cy Young, but I see limits. As do you. (David Brown)
2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Did I miss my chance to buy low on Foltynewicz? He's looked sharp so far this year?
(Joel from The Library)
I think it depends on how good your league is. If it's a dyanastic thing like the one our own Brett Sayre started, maybe. But if you play in a more typical league, he's still out there. Problem: The Braves are so bad, he won't be in great shape to get wins. But it also hides him from prospectors a little. He's got some Danny Salazar in him a little with the command, but Salazar's still a great fantasy pitcher, so have it with Folty. (David Brown)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Danny Salazar for Kyle Schwarber? 10-tm h2h standard scoring with OPS and QS
(Ombudsman from NY)
Yea, I would. Schwarber is getting tagged as "overrated" or a "disappointment" at the moment, but he's the type of guy you don't want to write off. There is too much talent there for him to hit .220 for an entire season. The power will be there in the summer. (George Bissell)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Which Danny Salazar are we more likely to see this season, 1st half 2016 or 2nd half 2016?
(Alex from Austin)
All comes down to health with Salazar. By the accounts I've heard his elbow was bothering him for most of the summer, before ultimately shutting him down in August. That kind of injury frequently affects command and control, which we saw with Salazar during the downturn. He's not a guy who can get away with shaky four-seam control especially, as that's a pitch that gets hit in spite of quality velo. He started leaning more on his two-seam last year, which will be a great look for him with that devastating change if it carries over. I'd cautiously buy him for a nice season this year if he can stay on the bump, but that injury risk is elevated and significant, and needs to be priced into any acquisition cost. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like more this year and long term, Danny Salazar or Joe Ross?
(Alex from Austin)
Salazar (Scooter Hotz)
2017-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given his multiple arm injuries last season, do you see Danny Salazar pitching more than 150 innings? Effect on his already marginal command and control?
(Dandies3 from Pa)
I don't really see any pitchers under the age of 30 pitching more than 150 innings, really. But as far as having an effect on command, the trends aren't good. Salazar's been consistently near the bottom of the CSAA boards for three years now, and his O-Swing% has been trending the wrong way as well. Whether it's health or mechanics, he's going to need to start getting those pitches a little closer to the edge of the plate and be more alluring, and fast. (Patrick Dubuque)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to choose 3 of these guys to keep in my OBP Keeper League: Addison Russell, Jackie Bradley (his CF eligibility makes him more valuable in my league), Hanley Ramirez, Gerrit Cole, Alex Reyes, Danny Salazar. Any suggestions?
(mattstupp from NYC)
Russell, Hanley and Reyes (by a nose over Cole). (Bret Sayre)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these SPs ROS- Salazar, Hamels, Harvey, Quintana, Lester?
(rpo from LA)
I'm a big fan of Danny Salazar. Love the mechanics, solid progress refining the FB command. Been a big fan of Quintana's for a long time as well. Don't think he's as good as he showed in April, but he's just a really solid starter. Don't trust Harvey in Year 2 after his workload last year, sorry. I'll go Lester, Salazar, Hamels, Quintana, Harvey. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Mike! Which AL starters do you see having a chance to take a big step up this year?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(DJ from Dallas)
I'm a big Danny Salazar fan and could see him jumping up into the top tier. Taijuan Walker is another one I like, although he's no one's sleeper. Jumping further down, Trevor Bauer and Eduardo Rodriguez have the skills, while Jesse Hahn is someone I really want to believe in if he stays healthy. (Mike Gianella)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)What level of a SP could I get in return for lindor in a dynasty format? Any good young specific guys you recommend shooting for?
(Snowborne from Pittsburgh)
Lindor's offense exceeded expectations and he's so young, so I'd think that you have to shoot for something just below ace level in a dynasty league. Shoot for someone at the James Shields level but obviously younger. I like Lindor's teammate Danny Salazar as a target. If you're rebuilding and want someone young, Giolito, though I personally hate trades for projection when you have the potential youn stud like Lindor. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for taking the time to chat. Would you give up Bogaerts and Danny Salazar to get Correa in a H2H dynasty league? It seems Bogaerts isn't the game changing elite player that most thought of him. What are your thoughts?
(Basil from Waco)
Thanks for taking the time to ask a question! That's a bunch of value to ship, albeit for an elite talent. I wouldn't be so quick to jump off the Bogaerts bandwagon (or overreact to Correa's absurd debut, for that matter). I'm a Sox fan and I lean Correa for longterm value, but it's very close. A lot closer than Salazar's (very good in his own right) value, certainly. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer of Danny Salazar's stuff or just riding the roller coaster like the rest of us?
(Joe from The Keys)
I am a believer in Salazar. In fact, he's one of the top-10 pitchers according to cFIP. He'll benefit from the defensive improvement at third base (Urshela) and will ultimately benefit once Francisco Lindor gets the call later this summer. I'm on board w/ Salazar. (J.P. Breen)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)It seem to me that Danny Salazar was a bit unlucky and turned around his season when he got back after a stint in the minors. Can he be this year, what we all thought he was going to be last year?
(Sumner from Atlanta)
I doubt he ever lives up to his 2014 pre-season hype, but he certainly looks to be more appropriately valued this year. (Bret Sayre)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Danny Salazar hype train has slowed down from last off season, will you be boarding it this off season while others are getting off?
(Post-hype from everywhere)
Yup. He's highly volatile, but the vaulted ceiling is too tempting. He's a bit of a wait-and-see, but that's why fantasy benches exist. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, if you had to name two or three SPs who's current status in scouting and fantasy circles underrates their mechanics (a la Kluber getting an A- grade this time last year), who would you go with?
(Matt from NJ)
Gausman has a B delivery, as does Danny Salazar (when he's on). I would also put Alex Meyer in that category (B grade mechanics), given that his delivery is much better than is often credited, as everyone worries about him coordinating his size.

All of the A's are guys you've heard of, which is what made Kluber stand out last preseason. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any pitchers you see surprising next year and taking a huge step forward like Kluber, or to lesser extent Carrasco and DeGrom?
(Kacey from San Antonio)
I think the teammate of Carrasco and Kluber could take a step next year. Danny Salazar. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a few pitchers that you saw take a significant step forward/backward with their mechanics in 2014?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Steps forward: Trevor Bauer with his balance and simplified delivery, Yordano Ventura with his stability, Jake Arrieta with his momentum and transition through lift-and-stride, and Carlos Carrasco with his ditching of the windup and execution from the stretch (esp repetition).

Steps back: Danny Salazar in nearly all phases but especially stability, Justin Masterson with his vertical

The number of current and former Indians on this list is purely indidental (Doug Thorburn)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Salazar or Rubby De La Rosa in 2015. Go!!
(Looking Good from Feeling Good)
Salazar has struggled but I still like his ceiling better than De La Rosa's. The potential for nearly a strikeout an inning makes me go with Salazar. And De La Rosa could be the Salazar of 2015: a hyped guy who will be good at some point but isn't there yet. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can we start believing in Danny Salazar again?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Maybe a little. The preseason hype was probably too much, but I suppose that's true for most youngsters. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)16 team 35 man rosters, I'm not competing this year, might be able to next year. Was offered Alfaro and Scherzer for giolito, Stephenson, and Danny Salazar or yordano Ventura. What do you think?
(Connor from AK)
I tried to answer this question a few different times, and I'm settling on this: as currently constructed, no. But if you can go with Salazar instead of Ventura and swap Alfaro to a safer prospect, maybe. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, I love these things!! What's holding Danny Salazar back from succeeding at the MLB level?
(CJ from Cleveland)
Timing, timing, and timing. His power is excellent, and when he's on Salazar has plus balance. But he loses his stability after foot strike and has had issues this season with finding a consistent pace of momentum in his stride. His ability to hone that momentum and repeat his timing will ultimately determine his level of success.

On the jukebox: Beatles, "Wait" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a page that lists what questions/subjects each writer specializes in for their chats? And should I be looking to drop Eddie Butler or Danny Salazar in my Dynasty league?
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
Unfortunately not. Usually it's more straightforward but with the TINO crew we tend to dip into a few different realms. Everyone at BP wears all sorts of hats (#HatChat) but I can tell you that I tend to lean more on dynasty, prospects, and Chicago Baseball. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are a couple guys that have take large steps forward for you compared to last season? Anyone take a step backwards?
(Charles from MA)
Steps forward: Ventura, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs. Kluber was this good (mechanically) last year.
Steps backwards: Danny Salazar

The high fre (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)From what you've seen thus far in 2014, which pitchers have made the biggest strides in improving their mechanics since last season (or last time you saw them)? The biggest regression(s)?
(Jonah from Redwood)
Biggest gains are the guys that I mentioned earlier, but it's worth repeating: Bauer, Ventura, Skaggs. All three have really stabilized the delivery compared to last season, though each still has plenty of room for improvement and I am very interested to see their individual progress this season.

The biggest downslide that I have seen so far is Danny Salazar, though there were glimpses of improvement in his last start. I wrote about it today for BP:

On the jukebox: Bad Religion, "A Walk" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team mixed league with QS in place of W. Right now my starters are Strasburg, Sonny Gray, and Michael Pineda. I have an open roster spot I want to fill with another starter to give me a shot at competing in QS. I figure I might as well grab another long shot starter to join Gray and Pineda. I have it narrowed down to Danny Salazar, Jose Quintana, Taijuan Walker, or Roenis Elias. Who's my best bet?
(Kyle from Detroit)
Good god man, step away from Roenis Elias. Out of the options you listed, Quintana is the safest bet while Salazar provides the highest upside. If you're truly just going for QS, I guess I'd go Quintana. I like Salazar a bit more overall, though, even if he's overrated. Walker's injury scares me now, so I'm staying away. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Salazar? Que Pasa?
(Pop from NJ)
Pardon me for pumping a non-BP project of mine, but Collette and I discussed this at length with Jensen Lewis (former Cleveland Indian himself) on a pod yesterday - (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, What do I do with Danny Salazar? I paid a good amount to get him but he's been awful. How much longer should I give him?
(Mike from Boston)
See previous Salazar question. Ya gotta hold on bc of his cost. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)At this point how would you proceed with Danny Salazar. 12 team redraft league and have been offered multiple offers from multiple teams. Deal him for one of Smyly, Masterson, CJ Wilson, Miley or Porcello for him. Hold or make deal for which SP's.
(Bob from Denver)
Hmm, I'd probably hold. Those aren't bad names, but you prob paid a decent price for Salazar so wait it out a bit long (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I predict the most popular question today will be WTF is wrong with Danny Salazar? So, WTF is wrong with Danny Salazar?
(Brian from Wis)
Correct. See earlier answers. :) (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat!! What's your take on the early struggles of Danny Salazar? Seems as though he's lights out for 3 or 4 innings then gets crushed. Thanks!!
(GK from Cleveland)
See first or second q! (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, How concerned are you with Danny Salazar? Obviously the only thing you can probably do at this point is hold and reserve but is there any positive sign which would lead to buying low.
(Dan from DC)
Finally someone asks about Salazar!! See the 2nd q (I think it was second). (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)You've mentioned Danny Salazar and cost a couple times. In times past Huckabay et al have criticized GM's for not understanding the notion of sunk cost. Are you making the same mistake?
(ng from nyc)
I didn't invest. I told y'all not to actually bc his price was exorbitant and I was worried about his home runs. But it's been less than a month, to cut bait now on someone as talented as him would be foolish. We've seen SOOO many guys labor through April only to crush for 5 months. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, would you trade Alex Wood and Leonys Martin for Danny Salazar and Matt Kemp?
(birk from Dayton)
I think I would. It's hard taking the down asset in Salazar, but the upside for that trade is a huge win. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard various things, good and bad, about Danny Salazar's delivery, I'd welcome your take. Thanks Doug!
(Trevor from Cleveland)
Dig his combination of power and stability, though he loses stability a bit during the highest-energy phases of rotation. Timing consistency is the big question, and whether he can continue to repeat the delivery. He utilizes both generous upper-body load and good delay of trunk rotation to create torque, and his ability to coordinate those aspects will be a large determinant of his success this season.

On the jukebox: Thrice, "We Thought We Were Brave" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)How realistic is it for Danny Salazar to be a top 25 SP this season? I love him, but in some mock drafts he's been going for as much as $15, where do I draw the line?
(matzabal from Colorado)
I have no idea how auction leagues work, so I won't comment on the $15 price tag. But in terms of fantasy, he's going to strikeout a lot of guys. His arsenal of pitches is just ridiculous. I just hope he can become more efficient and average more than 5 innings a start. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you take Danny Salazar or Koji Uehara in a standard 5x5 fantasy league?
(Jake from Flagstaff)
Salazar. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I just gave TINO 5 stars. Great stuff, even if it does have me agreeing with #Craij more often than I'd like. I have picks 2 and 4 in our dynasty draft this year (it's been going for about 6 years). Will have some combination of Tanaka, Abreu, Jean Segura, Danny Salazar and Nate Jones. I need saves, but the thought of taking Jones over any of those guys creeps me out. What's your personal pref list on those 5?
(Gotribe31 from DC)
Thank you for the rating, and it would be the cutest thing ever if everyone else could do the same! Segura, big gulf, Salazar, Tanaka, Abreu, big gulf, Jones. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Guy in my league traded Verlander for Danny Salazar and George Springer, is he crazy, #CAHONIES, or he know something the rest of us dont?
(brukru from Pittsford, MI)
If he's rebuilding, that's somewhat understandable but still not a great haul. You should be able to do bette than Salazar for Verlander. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)10 team AL only 7 kepers. Definites: Kipnis $6, Donaldson $5, Longoria $21, Scherzer $21. Need 3 more: Cruz $15 (assuming he signs in AL), Salazar $1, J. Johnson $9, Miller $5, Peavy $8, Franklin $1
(maattwind from Brasil)
Hi maatt

I wouldn't touch Nelson Cruz at the moment. Of those maybes, I think I'd go with Danny Salazar, Jim Johnson, and Jake Peavy. Brad Miller is tempting, but I like the surer things given the limited number of keepers. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Danny Salazar legit or are people getting a little too excited over a SSS? The stuff is filthy and the K/9 shows some serious #rig.
(Andy5Schwall from MKE)
I think Salazar's legit. He looked great when I saw him and my major concern is durability since we haven't seen him pitch a full season yet. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)After watching Danny Salazar mow people down this past season, I've been wondering: why don't more pitchers throw a splitter?
(Eugene from Klamath Falls)
Because not every arm has the necessary characteristics to pull it off, not to mention some of the concerns (legitimate or not) that throwing the splitter puts more stress on the arm and on the ligaments in the pitching hand. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tyson Ross or Danny Salazar this year? either a top 30 guy for you?
(Matt from NJ)
Ross - ; but no on top 30 if I'm betting. CAN they? Sure, both have the talent. But it'd be their peak, breakout kind of year to do it. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the chativerse, Jeff! Danny Salazar .... rushed to the Majors? He does need to work on his secondary stuff, but the fastball is real, concur?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Perhaps rushed a little, but he's not just fastball. That splitter is legit. Two plus pitches may be enough to stick as a starter, especially when it's a FB/split combo. That's lethal when it's on. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Danny Salazar? Future stud if everything breaks right?
(Brian from MA)
Not sure about stud, but I think he'll be a very nice #3 starter over the long haul. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some of the prospects you are much higher on than other analysts?
(Floyd from Flowmont)
Find a small hard-throwing pitcher and I'm higher on him than other analysts. There's something I find seductive about the easy heat that guys like Yordano Ventura, Danny Salazar, Carlos Martinez and others of that ilk can generate. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any SPs you think will breakout in 2014?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I have been down on him for years, but I think this might be the year that Jeff Samardzija puts it all together and finally becomes a solid #2 at the very least. If he gets the innings, Danny Salazar is another guy I really like; he could strike out a batter an inning with some pretty nice overall numbers. Zack Wheeler is another candidate. This is a guy where you should ignore the peripherals (FIP, FRA, etc.) and look at the ability. Wheeler is a potential stud. Maybe I'm a year off on him, but keep in mind that some scouts liked him better than Matt Harvey when he came up. That doesn't mean that Wheeler will be 2013 Harvey good (that's silly), but he could be a pretty fine pitcher in his own right. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Salazar of Taj Walker?
(JohnBotelho from Chestnut Hill)
Walker. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sonny Gray's curve or Danny Salazar's split-change?
(Rael from Santo Domingo)
Salazar's trapdoor split-change. Fun pitch to watch. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Just how nasty is Danny Salazar's stuff? His fastball scares me if I'm a hitter.
(Greg from Houston)
Love his fastball-splitter combination, as that particular duo of pitches can be nearly impossible for a batter to distinguish. His slider was coming along last season, and if that pitch becomes a legit weapon then Salazar could frighten children, fans, and major-league hitters. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell me about that sinking slow thing that Danny Salazar throws.
(Matt from Chicago)
What does he throw that's slow? (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've been trying to get a handle on Danny Salazar's future and have trouble finding middle ground. Is his likeliest projection either as a near-ace or injured non-factor, or am I missing a realistic probablity of a solid #3 starter?
(omb8236 from Raleigh, NC)
There are rarely any guys that have a likely projection as a near-ace. I think exactly what you suggest you're missing is a pretty realistic outcome for Salazar; a very talented and at times enigmatic #3 starter. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Andrew Cashner and Danny Salazar for 2014?
(MickeyRivers from NY)
Huge fan of Salazar. An avg fastball at 97 mph with a killer split and solid mechanics? Yes please. The only concern is Salazar's lack of a breaking ball, which might be a problem in the future. Cashner made great strides with his command, and his delivery is very stable while maintaining top-end velo. His development is a step ahead of Salazar's, but and though Cashner has a deeper repertoire, he doesn't have a secondary pitch that is as effective as Salazar's split. It's a close call, but I'd take Salazar in 2014, though their long-term projections will depend on how they adjust.

On the jukebox: Thrice, "Unquestioned Answers" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think these guys can build off of their solid year and potentially have break out performances in 2014: Jason Castro, Brandon Belt, Kyle Seager, Danny Salazar?
(Derek from The Recliner)
I've always liked Belt, but I don't know if a guy who is coming off a .289/.360/.481 season can really break out. I mean, I guess he could hit .350/.420/.590 but I don't see that coming. Seager was a five win player by WARP too. That's beyond solid and into very good range. But of those players I like Belt and Seager the best to repeat their performance and/or improve incrementally. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Danny Salazar's ceiling is and what kind of season do you see him having next year? Thanks for the chat!
(Justin from LA)
Salazar could be an ace, although looking at him as a #2 seems more realistic. Next year, I think he will earn as a mid-tier pitcher but watch to see if there any potential inning limits. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Danny Salazar?
(Daniel from Cleveland)
Stud. And if he ever develops a fourth pitch, he'll have a long and outstanding career. For now he's gonna be really good for a good while. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Does Danny Salazar strike you as a long term dominant starter?
(gfinny48 from Nevada)
Hi gfinny.

Salazar strikes me as someone who could be a long term dominant starter. He has been striking out hitters at an elite rate all year long, and that hasn't dropped even in the Majors. The concerns for me are whether or not he'll hold up over a full season and what his innings load is going to be next year. He has averaged a little over five innings a start in the Majors and has been on a very strict pitch count of 80 or less in his last five starts. What will a full season from Salazar look like? I don't know. I think the potential is there for Salazar, but it's hard to predict any pitcher's sustained success long term, let alone potential dominance. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Danny Salazar cost a lot of money in auction leagues next year?
(Saul from Columbus)
Depends how prospect-houndy your league is, but he shouldn't be up at any sort of egregious price. I'm a fan, but I wouldn't go overboard at all. (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Danny Salazar be a top of the rotation guy next year or in the near future? What do you like most about what you've seen from him?
(bmmolter from Mass)
It'd be a big step to get to stud-level next year, but he certainly has electric stuff. I LOVE his changeup. A young guy with an excellent changeup is drool-worthy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the ceilings are for Danny Salazar, Kyle Zimmer and kevin Gausman, and which do you think is more likely to reach it?
(Brian from Mass)
Salazar and Zimmer are #2 starters for me. Gausman has a chance to be a #1 guy. I'm about as big a fan of Gausman as you're going to find and I think he can get to his ceiling with innings and some continued work on his command. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Danny Salazar's future as a SP?
(John from Oakland)
I think he's a starter, first of all. He's short but well built with a repeatable delivery to enable a strong command profile. It's obviously an elite fastball, and his little split-change may be close to elite as well. It's an interesting situation because, while his slider has flashed plus in the past, he hasn't seemed to show a ton of confidence in it this season. I think he's a starter regardless, but he'll need the breaking ball to come back to have any shot at being an elite SP. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would be interested to hear what you have to say about a pop-up prospect this year, Danny Salazar that seems to be getting a decent amount of hype. What do you see his ceiling as, and what are his pitches like beyond the great fastball?
(Brian from Worcester)
I really like Salazar's delivery, with a great mix of power and stability that is rarely seen in a young pitcher. I love the fastball-splitter combo, off-setting elite velocity with a trap-door split where the bottom drops out at the last moment. He has a strong 10-mph difference between fastball and off-speed, and his heat is such that batters have no choice but to sit on the fastball. His slider is still a work in progress, though, with more vertical break than horizontal. The slider trajectory, paired with the fact that his slider velocity matches that of the splitter, limits his ability to laterally adjust batter eye levels while giving him just two options in terms of utilizing effective velocity.

On the jukebox: Misfits, "Some Kinda Hate" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Trevor Bauer see the major's again this season or are the Indians just hoping he can figure it out by next season?
(eddiegaedel from LA)
The Indians have a lot riding on this season, and they can't afford to have Bauer take his lumps while learning on the job. Danny Salazar gives them a safer option with plenty of upside. Bauer tends to overcomplicate the task of pitching, in terms of mechanics, stuff, and approach; he is best served by staying in the minors to simplify things. Once he has mastered the basics, then he can move on to advanced courses.

The rise of Danny Salazar has lessened the pressure on the Cleveland staff, as well. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Got to see Danny Salazar pitch in person on Tuesday, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on him. TJ surgery has caused him to be pulled early, but he's looked electric at times and opposing hitters seem to get easily fooled by the slower stuff due to the speed disparity. What do you expect from him long term?
(Nick from Southern California)
I've been impressed. Tons of swing-and-miss stuff, looks completely legit. I've been most impressed with the command. (Paul Sporer)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Who are some low owned SPs that are good stashes for next year? Wily Peralta? Nate Eovaldi?
(The Dude from Couch)
Hey Dude. I hope you're abiding.

This question depends on what you define as low and what ownership percentage you're looking at. I'll use ESPN and 10% or lower as the threshold.

Hector Santiago is only owned in 9.5% of ESPN leagues. Everyone keeps waiting for him to falter, but he's striking out over a batter an inning and continues to pitch very well. He's a must own for me.

Danny Salazar is probably going to be on an innings limit this year, but he should crack the rotation next year with a decent spring. His stuff is electric, even if he is "just" a two-pitch pitcher. He's a nice speculative add.

Jenrry Mejia has looked terrific so far. Health is pretty much the question with him. He's trying to throw a little less hard to keep the strain off of his arm, but he's still getting results. Yes, there's risk here. But in a mixed league, if you're stashing guys, go high ceiling. The guys who are free agents - even in a mixer - all have question marks. Go with upside, not boring "certainty" (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Andre Rienzo and Danny Salazar over the rest of the season and future?
(Evan from Hamilton)
I talked about Salazar earlier. I like him a lot. From what I've seen, his stuff is legitimate and he shows no fear. He's probably going to get shut down at some point this year, but long term he could be a mid-tier guy right off the bat with an even better ceiling.

Bret Sayre wrote up Rienzo today at BP (here: I pretty much agree with Bret. Rienzo is probably a back-end guy long-term and he might even wind up a reliever. He has been murder on righties for most of his professional career, but I see him as a #4 or a #5. Salazar is the clear upside guy for me; I don't think it's particularly close either. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Salazar for the Indians ... ETA on joining the big-league rotation for good? Ceiling?
(dianagram from VORGville)
I think Salazar could join the Indians this year if necessary. Mid-rotation starter ceiling for me. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Cleveland's Danny Salazar and Philly's Aaron Altherr the legitimate break-out players that they have suggested with their performances so far this season?
(El Bobbo from Canton, Mi)
I really like Salazar and think he has a chance to be legit. Ive never been high on Altherr and I'm just not buying it yet. I'll probably be late to the dance and forced to snuggle alone, but I've just never found Altherr to be the toolsy demon that some do. I don't see it even though I probably should. I guess he's just not my type. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, Is the recent success of Danny Salazar (Akron Aeros) indicative of his future or just a statistical fluke? Hoping that the combination to his talent vault has been found. You suggest #3 in SP Guide. Thanks!
(nictaclacta from Phoenix)
He's certainly taking steps toward that #3 ceiling with his second go at Double-A. Still a lot of work to be done, but great start to his season. (Paul Sporer)

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