When the Los Angeles Angels acquired David Freese this past offseason, Fernando Salas was seen as a throw-in player, but he has been a key part of the team’s bullpen to start the season.
After a rough start to the year, Salas has found his groove. He has thrown five consecutive scoreless outings with just one hit allowed and five strikeouts. The 28-year-old has been a reliable arm out of the bullpen outside of three appearances to start the season.
His turnaround is quite encouraging given the fact that he struggled last season with the St. Louis Cardinals and fell out of favor with the team. This makes the four-year veteran’s improvement over the last handful of games this season a positive sign for the Halos as they continue work themselves out of a slow start to the year.
In order for the Angels to have any level of success in 2014, it will be important for the bullpen to continue to work through their early-season problems. Joe Smith (4.00 ERA), Kevin Jepsen (6.14 ERA) and Ernesto Frieri (5.40) all have to start turning their seasons around as Salas has if they want any chance at competing for an AL West title, or even a playoff spot this season.