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  1. Hi Mark, Love your work. I was wondering what you thought of the finally healthy Michael Ynoa… His numbers look solid recently; think he is worth a stash in a super deep keeper league over, say, A.J. Cole?

    Comment by Bob — May 15, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  2. As a Pirates fan, I feel obligated to point you to the Altoona Curve’s woeful batting stats this year, before you give ALL of the credit to Salazar. :-)

    Comment by jg941 — May 15, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  3. Taillon’s last start (6 IP, 3 BBs, 8 Ks, 2 Hs) may be the proverbial ‘turning of the corner’. Not that his season thus far has been a disappointment, but it’s been somewhat inconsistent. This past start (from watching it on MiLB) looked very solid, in command of both the 2-seamer (which he is throwing more) and the 4-seamer – to go along with the knee-buckling curve. Really impressed.

    If he can get the CH to be even average (which it may be now), he’ll be set.

    Great article, Mark.


    Comment by CabreraDeath — May 15, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  4. Indeed. Besides maybe Rojas (and that is looking like a stretch), there isn’t one legit prospect in their batting order. Santos can hit, but possesses little pop, and probably projects as a UT guy from most reports.

    Salazar could be all Mark says he is (along with the weaknesses), but Altoona has a good chance of making even the most average rather good.

    Comment by CabreraDeath — May 15, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  5. Yeah, Altoona has the lowest OPS in the EL by 50 points. They’re horrible.

    Comment by maguro — May 15, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  6. Make that 40 points. They still suck.

    Comment by maguro — May 15, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

  7. When I spoke to talent evaluators in the off-season, they were “cautiously optimistic” about Ynoa but admitted he still had a long way to come to realize his potential. That still holds true but the start to 2013 is very encouraging.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — May 15, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  8. Does Salazar really have a significant injury history? Or was it just Tommy John?

    Comment by Winston — May 15, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

  9. Salazar just got promoted to Triple-A a few days ago and was dominant in his first start there. If you look at Salazar’s numbers from High-A ball and above, he’s made 30 total starts, posting a 2.35 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 132/40 K/BB in 126.1 IP total. I don’t see the Indians, who are short enough on starting pitching to begin with, dumping him into the bullpen just because he’s not tall and sometimes has shaky command. I think they’re going to give him every possible opportunity to stick in the rotation, especially since their bullpen isn’t their weak link.

    Comment by Clifford — May 16, 2013 @ 9:34 am

  10. The thing about Salazar is that he is still on a short leash pitch count wise. 80 is about when they look to move him. He can dominate AAA but he is still some distance from pitching at Progressive Field. Doubt he will be ready for 110 pitches at the start of 2014.

    Comment by ttnorm — May 16, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  11. Salazar was lights out in his call up start and time will tell, He is dominant now in Triple A only time will tell what happens in the bigs. Kazmaier is only a 80 pitch guy in reality and he has been productive this year for the tribe.

    Comment by Turbas — August 4, 2013 @ 11:47 am

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