2015 Cleveland Indians offseason player profile: Danny Salazar’s emergence

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Danny Salazar

Height: 6-0

Weight: 190

Birthday: 1/11/90

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Club control: 2020 (pre-arbitration)

Twitter: @dannysalazar67

The numbers:

  • 14-10
  • 3.45 ERA (71 ER in 185 innings)
  • 195 strikeouts
  • 68 K:BB ratio

Behind the numbers:

  • Fourth among active MLB pitchers with a 9.86 K/9 IP rate
  • AL rankings:
    • K/9IP: 5th, 9.49
    • average: 5th, .226
    • Hits/9 IP: 6th, 7.59
    • Strikeouts: 7th, 195
    • Wins: T8th, 14
    • WHIP: 8th, 1.13
    • Adjusted ERA: 8th, 123
  • Struck out a career-high 11 batters twice in the first half, and had the fifth-most strikeouts in the AL in the first half (116)
  • Posted 3.13 ERA in second half, holding opponents to .215 average
  • Had ninth-lowest second-half ERA
  • Went 3-1 with 2.53 ERA in August
  • Posted career highs in wins, starts (30), innings (185), win percentage (.585) and quality starts (18)
  • Career lows in WHIP (1.13), average against (.226) and hits per 9IP (1.12)
  • With Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, became part of just the second trio to have 175 or more strikeouts in the same season (Burba, Colon, Finley, 2000)
  • Lighter side came out, as he consistently pranked SportsTime Ohio reporter Andre Knott during pregame live hits (https://twitter.com/Indians/status/650797230337732608)

Highlights:

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