Is Danny Salazar Major League Ready?

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This to me is a very interesting and controversial topic. Danny Salazar has had some decent outings, and some very bad ones. Is he major league ready? I’ll break it down.

In 2013, Danny Salazar had 10 starts, with 52.0 innings pitched. 1 of those starts was in the AL wildcard game against the Rays, where Salazar made his first career playoff start, which ultimately led to a 4-0 loss. In those 52 innings pitched, Salazar showed major promise, posting a 3.12 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 65 K’s. With those promising numbers, Salazar has taken a step backwards during the start of the 2014 season.

So far in the 2014 season, Salazar has not looked good, causing speculation whether he is MLB ready. In 3 starts, he still has not pitched 6 innings in a game. His horrifying ERA of of 7.71, and WHIP of 1.92, has caused some concern here in C-Town. Then again, it is still early, and there is still a ton of baseball to be played.

So is Salazar MLB ready? I don’t think he is and I would much rather see him in AAA Columbus. He has so much talent and potential, but I don’t think it is quite ready for the show. Although I don’t think he is ready, we don’t exactly have any other alternatives. While Trevor Bauer pitched well in his start against the San Diego, pitching 6 innings allowing 1 run and just 4 hits, I would much rather see him replace the struggling Carlos Carrasco.

I think Danny Salazar will continue to struggle into the all-star break. I think as soon as the break hits, he will figure it out and become a critical player down the stretch, just as Ubaldo Jimenez was last year. I think that will give the Indians a huge boost, allowing them to play in more than one playoff game this year.

So is Danny Salazar ultimately major league ready? Not quite yet. He will figure it out later this year and blossom into a very good no.3 or no. 2 starter with the Indians.

– Jimmy Carcioppolo

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