MLB News: Indians option Danny Salazar to Columbus; Kyle Crockett promoted from Double-A

Kyle Crockett

With a 1-4 start to begin the 2014 season, and his team in need of continued consistency from the starting rotation, Danny Salazar has been optioned to Columbus. Salazr will head south with an ERA of 5.53 through eight starts where he allowed 49 hits in 40 2/3 innings, striking out 47 and walking 17.

Taking Salazar’s spot will be left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett who will get the fast-track call from Double-A Akron. Crockett, 22, has an ERA of 0.57 to go with 6 saves in 15 relief appearances for the Rubber Ducks this season. He has a struck out 17 and walked just three. Tied for fifth in the Eastern League in saves, he has limited left-handed Eastern league batters to a .118 average.

“We identified Kyle as a guy who could move quickly when we signed him,” said Ross Atkins earlier this season. “We liked the consistency of his stuff, his determination and his work ethic. He’s an exceptional strike thrower with two major-league average or above average pitches in his fastball and slider. He controls the running game, fields his position well. When you start checking the boxes of the things you need to be able to do to pitch in the big leagues, he’s already got a lot of boxes checked.”

Crockett was a fourth-round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft. In his Junior year with the University of Virginia, he walked only seven batters in 58.1 innings while striking out 71. He is the first member of the 2013 draft class to reach the Major Leagues, owning a two-year professional ERA of 0.45 in 36 relief appearances, striking out 49 and walking just eight in 40 1/3 innings of work. Getting the call after just 11 months of minor league work, Crockett tops Cody Allen who was promoted to the big leagues after just 14 months.

(Photo: Jonathon Gruenke / Daily Press)

  • Harv 21

    but .. who’s the replacement starter? Please, not Carrasco again.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    What does Trevor Bauer have to do to get called up these days?

  • Anthony V.

    Bauer will be called up in 4 days, why call him up now to have him sit on the bench for 4
    days

  • MrCleaveland

    Scott, why did you run a picture of the bat boy?

  • Crocket=Dominant

    No doubt. Only question is who’s going down when Bauer comes up. We’ve got 9 relievers at the moment so candidates are Outman or CC Lee. I’d put big money on Outman and his 1.81 WHIP.

  • Kildawg

    Detroit is about to suffer a Bauer Outage. Primary purpose of this move is to bolster the bullpen between now and then; boy did it ever pay off.

  • Kildawg

    Start on Tuesday and Beat Detroit. Meanwhile it’s wise to fortify the bullpen.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The way the starters have pitched the last two days you are right.

  • Kildawg

    Bullpen needs a breather. Tribe needs to start stringing quality starts together. At least Tomlin lasted 6 innings last night.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Small accomplishments especially away that defense played, again, last night.