Danny Salazar
Danny Salazar
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
60-Day IL
Injury Groin
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Once viewed as an emerging frontline starter, Salazar has seen his stock plummet over the last few years as he's dealt with arm troubles. Late in 2016, Salazar was diagnosed with a mild forearm strain. He was then sluggish out of the gates in 2017, and he suggested his weighted-ball work may have been having an adverse effect. Eventually, he hit the disabled list with right shoulder soreness and later made another trip to the DL with elbow discomfort. When pitchers and catchers reported last spring, it was announced that Salazar was behind the rest of the starters after experiencing a relapse with his shoulder in January. He never made it onto a major-league mound, and at this point it's fair to wonder if Salazar will ever be himself again. The Indians are hoping he can build back up as a starter, but team president Chris Antonetti already acknowledged the possibility that Salazar is utilized as a reliever in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Indians in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Moves to 60-day IL
PCleveland Indians
Groin
September 6, 2019
Salazar (groin) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Salazar stepped away from his rehab assignment earlier in the week and the move to the 60-day IL means he'll be sidelined through the end of the regular season. The 29-year-old returned from the IL at the end of July and allowed two runs over four innings during his lone start before going back on the shelf. Salazar would be eligible to rejoin the Indians in October, but that seems unlikely given how this season has unfolded.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
66
Last 10 Games
66
Last 5 Games
66
How many pitches does Danny Salazar generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Danny Salazar generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-55%
BAA vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .254 212 59 24 47 11 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .235 244 88 23 51 9 0 9
2019vs Left .167 6 0 0 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .375 11 2 3 3 0 0 2
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .257 206 59 24 46 10 0 7
2017vs Right .230 233 86 20 48 9 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
-49%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.92 1.03 49.1 1 4 0 12.0 3.6 1.5
Since 2017Away 5.46 1.63 57.2 4 3 0 12.6 4.2 1.2
2019Home 4.50 1.75 4.0 0 1 0 4.5 6.8 4.5
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 2.78 0.97 45.1 1 3 0 12.7 3.4 1.2
2017Away 5.46 1.63 57.2 4 3 0 12.6 4.2 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Danny Salazar compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.67
 
K/9
4.5
 
BB/9
6.8
 
HR/9
4.5
 
Fastball
86.3 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.75
 
BABIP
.177
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
119.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
16.7%
 
Spin Rate
1553 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.7%
 
Swinging Strike
4.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second straight season, shoulder and elbow issues marred Salazar's fleeting but tantalizing performance, and he took two trips to the disabled list. The right-hander still had a walk rate near 4.0 BB/9 again, but he made up for it, somewhat, with his double-digit strikeout rate. He remains one of the hardest-working hurlers -- not in a good way, as he averaged 17.6 pitches per inning, well above what's desired. His durability concerns often override flashes of brilliance. During a stretch of five starts in the second half, he posted a 46:9 K:BB and 1.39 ERA across 32.1 innings. Of course, after that, he landed on the DL. Despite his late-season bullpen stint, Cleveland aims to put him back in the rotation for 2018, but renewed shoulder trouble in January put him behind the Indians' other starters entering spring training. The payoff potential is significant (as he showed in 2015) if he can stay healthy, but he's already off to a poor start in that regard.
Salazar ran into his first injury woes as a major leaguer, and they not only cost him time, but also impacted his bottom line. The shoulder, elbow, and forearm were all cited as issues during the season, with the latter two both forcing him to the sidelines. Meanwhile, his walk rate surged to a career-worst 10.8 percent, the fourth highest figure among starters (min. 130 IP). In 60 starts from 2013-15, he walked more than four batters just twice, but he had five such outings in 2016. His first-pitch strike rate also dropped to a career-low 53.9 percent (career 58.6). On the plus side, his 27.6 percent K% was the highest since his 30.8 percent mark in his 52-inning debut back in 2013. He also improved upon his groundball gains from 2015, aiding him to his best home run rate ever (1.05 HR/9), made more impressive by the colossal leap in homers league-wide. The injury issues will lower his price, but there's still huge upside. Speculate.
It's hard to call Salazar's 2015 season anything but a resounding success, but the campaign didn't start off so smoothly. As late as July 9th, Salazar had a 4.10 ERA after his fourth outing of fewer than five innings and third of those with at least five earned runs allowed. He would allow five-plus runs just once more en route to a 2.84 ERA in his final 15 starts (95 IP). Premium heat (11th-highest average velocity at 96 mph, min. 800 fastballs) sets up what has turned into a devastating split-finger changeup. His 52 percent strikeout rate with it was light years ahead of the pack among the 75 pitchers who threw 300-plus changeups. A third pitch to quell lefties more could yield ace-level returns.
Salazar reminded everyone once again why you can’t get overly excited about 52 innings, even if they are excellent. As much as young pitching can pay off and help carry your fantasy team, it can also put you in such a hole when it goes wrong that you will spend months erasing the damage. While we have seen several youngsters take the league by storm, it is still far from a guarantee. Plus, it’s not like Salazar’s biggest issue wasn’t front and center even during the 52-inning stint of 2013. He had a 1.2 HR/9 in those 10 starts, but the flashy strikeout rate and impressive ratios masked it for many. Salazar came out and allowed eight bombs in his first eight starts of 2014 en route to a 5.53 ERA and a trip back to Triple-A. He ironed out some of the issues, returned in late July and allowed just five homers in his next 12 starts. The right-hander's still not a finished product at age 25, but still has tremendous upside that could include large strikeout totals.
Salazar started the season at Double-A Akron before bringing his high-90s fastball to the Indians for 10 starts. The Indians kept a lid on his innings in all but a few starts, which certainly limited his impact, but he's clearly pitched his way into the team's plans for 2014. The short-term issue here is that he logged 145 innings over three levels in 2013, which could prompt the Tribe to cap him at something in the 175-180 range this season. Still, with an 11.3 K/9 and good control at each of his minor league stops (including a 2.6 BB/9 in his big league debut), Salazar has the highest upside in the stable of Cleveland starters.
Salazar came back with a vengeance after Tommy John surgery, combining for a 1.12 WHIP, 2.36 ERA and a 7.8 K/9 rate between High-A Carolina and Double-A Akron. The Indians still have him in a starting role, but his two-pitch arsenal is better suited for use as a power arm out of the bullpen and he could advance quickly if he makes the transition to a reliever. Scouts are also leery about his ability to handle a heavy workload, so the role change makes sense in that regard as well. Still, you can't blame the Indians for seeing if his live arm can stick as a starter given the limited number of high-upside starters currently in the Cleveland farm system.
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Taking break from rehab
PCleveland Indians
Groin
September 3, 2019
Salazar asked for and was granted time away from his rehab assignment Tuesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Throws scoreless frame for Double-A
PCleveland Indians
Groin
August 27, 2019
Salazar (groin) struck out one over a perfect inning Tuesday in his rehab start for Double-A Akron.
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Ready for rehab
PCleveland Indians
Groin
August 26, 2019
Salazar (groin) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Monday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Groin strain considered mild
PCleveland Indians
Groin
August 4, 2019
The right groin injury that landed Salazar back on the 10-day injured list is being labeled as mild, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
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Returns to injured list
PCleveland Indians
Groin
August 2, 2019
Salazar was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right groin strain, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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