It is no secret that Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar has flown up fantasy baseball sleeper rankings this off-season. He only made 10 starts last season, but the young hurler looked like a seasoned veteran on the mound.
Salazar pitched just 52 innings last season, but he displayed absolutely beautiful command over his pitches. The fireballer only walked 15 batters compared to a staggering 65 strikeouts, which was a ridiculous 11.25 K/9. He even finished with a 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, two numbers that were well below the league average. Salazar is one of the most promising hurlers in fantasy and the 24-year-old is the bright spot in Cleveland’s rotation.
The Dominican utilizes a nasty fastball that averages 96.2 MPH and has even been known to touch 98 MPH on the radar gun. He also has a decent a slider and a nasty breaking pitch, both of which are 10 MPH slower than his fastball. Salazar’s identical release points and three-pitch repertoire will constantly keep opposing hitters in their toes.
Salazar will be ranked very high on everyone’s sleeper sheet this season, but he can only become a sleeper if you are patient and don’t blurt out his name in the third round. Let him fall past the fifth round and allow the right-hander to become the value pick that we all know he can be.