Danny Salazar, brilliant for the first 23 outs (USA Today Images)Before we get into the details of Danny Salazar's second major league start, go pick him up. Now. GO. We are not gonna have this conversation again.
Salazar was wickedly good on Wednesday night, striking out 10 Tigers over 7.2 innings while issuing only one walk. He hit 99 mph in the eighth, 100 in the seventh — and it looked easy. The kid allowed just seven Detroit hits on the night, nearly all on off-speed pitches. He whiffed Prince Fielder twice and Miguel Cabrera three times.
And then Miggy chased him from the game with this 7,000-foot bomb, hit deep into the night. Thanks for playing, kid.
(When you watch that clip, note the sky-point by Salazar after Cabrera connected. As if Kipnis was gonna catch that thing.)
Still, despite the no-decision and the sloppy finish, you really had to be impressed by Salazar's performance. He was throwing pure smoke.
Salazar has piled up Ks in the minors, striking out 129 batters over 93.0 innings across two levels this year, walking only 28. He hasn't given up a run in his last three Triple-A appearances, fanning 25 hitters over 14.0 frames. Salazar's innings aren't scary-high, so there's no reason to think there's a shutdown on the horizon. Again: Make the add. He's owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues at the moment. Not sure if he'll get three starts, or four, or six. But Salazar's next turn should be on Monday at Minnesota, a friendly match-up. Let's see where the story goes.Read More »from Closing Time: Danny Salazar dominant* vs. Detroit (*until Miggy’s fourth at-bat)