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Danny Salazar integrated himself as the #3 in the Tribe rotation

Even though Danny Salazar was a nominal #3 in the Tribe rotation, he was much close to an ace.

Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Salazar was signed by the Tribe organization in 2006 at the young age of 16. He dominated the Dominican League at 17 and did very well at 18 in the Gulf Coast League. But thenDanny struggled for the next few seasons. He didn't get to Akron until his 22 year season.

He pitched very effectively there in 2012 and 2013, arriving in Columbus in early May and then fast tracked to the majors by July 2013. He made that one spot start against the Blue Jays, went back to Columbus in July, but finished the season in July after a call up in early August.

He opened 2014 with the Tribe, but was optioned in May, made a return in Cleveland in late July before sticking in mid-August. As was correctly identified in my Bauer review, Salazar was actually in  competition for the #5 spot and lost, making one start on April 10. A week later he was promoted back to the Tribe and ended up surpassing Bauer as one of the best #3s in MLB last year.

His first start against the Twins was a harbinger of things to come. He allowed just 2 hits in six innings while striking out 10. He finished the season with five games of ten or more strikeouts and had two outings of just one or two hits.

With his very dominating season, Salazar (trade willing) should enter 2016 as he #3 in the Cleveland rotation with #1/#2 stuff.

G

GS

IP

K%

BB%

LOB%

ERA

FIP

fWAR

bWAR

Cleveland

30

30

185.0

25.8

7.0

74.5

3.45

3.62

3.0

3.3

Columbus

1

1

6.0

35.0

0.0

1000.0

0.00

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