Daily Notes: Absolutely Concerning Danny Salazar’s Debut

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Concerning Danny Salazar’s Debut
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Concerning Danny Salazar’s Debut
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce how right-handed Cleveland prospect and fixture in the present author’s weekly Fringe Five column Danny Salazar is making his major-league debut at 12:05pm ET today against Toronto.

Regarding Salazar, What’s Compelling About Him
With regard to Salazar and what about him might appeal to a reader, here are three points for consideration:

(a) He’s recorded excellent minor-league numbers this season; and

(b) He has a plus fastball (and at least serviceable other pitches); and

(c) He was absent from most, or maybe all, notable prospect lists.

A Venn Diagram of a Compelling Prospect
Here are the same points for consideration as submitted above, but now in the form of a Venn diagram constructed by means of an online Venn diagram generator and using said generator’s default settings:

Venn Diagram

Action Footage: Danny Salazar’s Fastball
Here’s action footage of Salazar’s fastball from his most recent start for Triple-A Columbus (box) — in this case, at 95 mph for a swinging strike to Louisville’s Felix Perez:

Salazar Perez FA SS K

Action Footage: Danny Salazar’s Changeup, Probably
Here’s action footage of a pitch that, given its vertical movement, is likely Salazar’s changeup — also from that game against Louisville, but in this case for a swinging strike against Henry Rodriguez:

Salazar K of H Rod

Action Footage: Danny Salazar’s Slurve
For a number of reasons — most of them pertaining to the author’s “lack of industry” — there is no footage here of Salzar’s breaking pitch, which is something between a slider and curve, it seems. One assumes, however, that it’s also great and will suffice.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Toronto at Cleveland | 12:05 ET
Salazar’s debut is actually the MLB.TV Free Game for today. Not free, but also compelling, is the Chicago Americans-Detroit game at 1:08pm — in which game Chris Sale (113.1 IP, 73 xFIP-, 3.4 WAR) faces Anibal Sanchez (86.2 IP, 66 xFIP-, 3.4 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.6.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 6 9 8 10 CLE Danny Salazar* 12:05
Mike Pelfrey MIN 0 3 3 10 4 TB Matt Moore 12:10
Ervin Santana KC 7 6 6 3 5 NYA Andy Pettitte 13:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 1 9 7 10 DET Anibal Sanchez 13:08
Ryan Dempster BOS 3 9 5 5 5 SEA Undecided 15:40
Undecided TEX 5 4 5 8 3 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 19:05
J. Zimmermann WAS 9 2 5 1 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Mat Latos CIN 9 3 7 8 6 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
Jake Westbrook STL 2 4 4 5 5 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 4 5 2 6 AZ Wade Miley 21:40
Drew Pomeranz* COL 5 8 5 2 4 LAN Chris Capuano 22:10
M. Bumgarner SF 7 6 4 7 0 SD Jason Marquis 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.



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hamjenkinsIII
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hamjenkinsIII
3 years 2 months ago

Denn Viagram

Nick
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Nick
3 years 2 months ago

Viagra Den: Like an opium den, but with viagra

rusty
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rusty
3 years 2 months ago

Surely the 5s granted to Undecideds (pitching for the Mariners and Rangers, respectively) were assessed “at discretion of very handsome author”?

Mike Green
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Mike Green
3 years 2 months ago

Vonn diaphragm. Oops, this is not Notgraphs.

Hirohitahomerun already
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3 years 2 months ago

It kind of is. Where “It” refers to anything written at Fangraphs by Dear Author.

mario mendoza
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mario mendoza
3 years 2 months ago

Seattle’s Undecided SP, decidedly Erasmo Ramirez, is also worth watching.

JAL
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JAL
3 years 2 months ago

Can we please get a Nerd score for Erasmo? I have to sit him, right?

Hirohitahomerun already
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3 years 2 months ago

Are you starting pitchers in your fantasy league based on NERD scores? Do you have Corey Kluber, Burch Smith and assorted fungifringy types in your rotation?

RotoSaurus
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RotoSaurus
3 years 2 months ago

there is NOTHING wrong with starting Kluber… he’s the real deal – Ks with good control

JAL
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JAL
3 years 2 months ago

Absolutely not. It is one of the many things I now like to look at before a start. Also, I do have Kluber and think his peripherals are enticing.

Darryl
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3 years 2 months ago

Holy cow, 12:00 baseball!!
That’s great. I need something to distract me from twitter today.

pmacho
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pmacho
3 years 2 months ago

Poor Rangers.

Emily Dickinson
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3 years 2 months ago

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

jon
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jon
3 years 2 months ago

That’s my favorite Em poem!

Hirohitahomerun already
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3 years 2 months ago

Em’s a 10 NERD score for sure. From memory:

I’m nobody, who are you?
Are you nobody too?
Then there’s two of us
Don’t tell, they’d banish us you know.

How dreary to be somebody
How public, like a frog
to croak your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog

Professor Ross Eforp
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Professor Ross Eforp
3 years 2 months ago

Salazar is not disappointing.

He has thrown 75 pitches through 5. 7 K, 1 BB, 0 H.

According to MLB.com (no clue on how accurate this is), he is touching 98-99. This guy 100% has to continue to pitch in Cleveland in some capacity or another.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
3 years 2 months ago

How many societies can the Indians rotation handle?

Professor Ross Eforp
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Professor Ross Eforp
3 years 2 months ago

I was just thinking the same thing. For a rotation that isn’t particularly good.

Matt
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Matt
3 years 2 months ago

I was watching a good portion of his start. He was hitting 96-97 with ease and uncorked a few at 99.

Early in the game he was just blowing hitters away with the FB, but as the game went on they seemed to catch up to it and were able to foul it off a lot more and run up his pitch count. So I wonder about the movement on that pitch.

Some really filthy high-80s sliders mixed in there as well, but he had minor command issues with that pitch. He also uses what seems like some kind of split-change with very good downward movement. Announcers said he considers it his second best pitch, but at least when I was watching I didn’t see him use it all that much.

Overall a very exciting young pitcher!

Mike
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Mike
3 years 2 months ago

Carson, I hope you’ll be including Maicer Izturis’s unimprovable thrown bat swinging strike from his second inning plate appearance against Salazar.

In addition, I move that the initials “CKS” be made to stand for “Coalition for Kluber and Salazar”.

Big Nerd
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Big Nerd
3 years 2 months ago

Robert Frost, I see what you did there.

Boris
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Boris
3 years 2 months ago

You are fun to read

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